North Korea is continuing to make grand gestures ahead of its upcoming summit with the USA and South Korea, announcing on Saturday that it will dismantle its only known nuclear test site, complete with an accompanying ceremony, between May 23 and 25 (depending on the weather).
It says the date for the dismantlement will be set depending on weather conditions.
North Korea announced this Saturday that it is taking "technical measures" to dismantle its nuclear test centre and detailed procedure to be followed to carry out process, which it plans to undertake between 23 and 25 May, as indicated by State agency KCNA.
Following the release of three American prisoners Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced he will meet with Kim in Singapore on June 12. South Korean officials said in April North Korea also planned to invite experts from US and South Korea, but KCNA made no mention of this.
Pompeo and different United States officers have repeatedly mentioned they're in search of North Korea's everlasting verifiable denuclearization, whereas North Korean officers have mentioned that they've already achieved their nuclear goals.
Still, the closure of the site could be a useful precedent for Washington and Seoul as they proceed with the nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang, analysts say.
All observation facilities and research institutes would be removed, along with guards, it said, "and the surrounding area of the test ground be completely closed".
Kim said during the meeting that the nuclear test site's mission had come "to an end" because the North had completed the process of developing nuclear-capable intermediate-range missiles, ICBMs and other strike means.
Kim has declared the development of the North's nuclear force complete and that it had no further need for the site.
North Korea has conducted all six of its nuclear tests in Punggye-ri in the northeast since 2006.
Former US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter warned Friday that the United States should be cautious of any promises made by North Korea at the upcoming Trump-Kim summit. Earlier this month, North Korean officials asked to start an air route between the Pyongyang and Incheon, South Korea, airspace regions.
Pompeo Friday promised the U.S. would work to rebuild North Korea's sanctions-hit economy if it agreed to surrender its nuclear arsenal.
The summit, which has been in the works since Trump accepted Kim's invitation to meet in March, will be the first ever meeting between a sitting United States president and North Korean leader.