U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters Monday in Vienna that "the irreversible closure of the site will be an important confidence-building measure that will configure to further efforts towards sustainable peace and verifiable de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet on June 12, a scenario that until recently looked impossible given the insults and threats the two leaders exchanged over the past year as tension rose over the North's relentless work on its missile and nuclear programs.
Trump sent Pompeo to Pyongyang to accompany the men home following US calls for Kim to free them as a gesture of goodwill and sincerity before the U.S.
He kept silent only with a little smile flickering on his face when facing a barrage of questions from reporters, such as "Are discussions about summit talks (between North Korea and the United States) going well?" and "Will your ambassador come to the office today?"
Later in the day, they were said to have visited the Zhongguancun High-tech Zone, known as China's Silicon Valley, and a region that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited in March. We have also seen the meeting between the presidents of North and South Korea.
The meeting is very significant for the peace of the region and is seen as a turning point in the relations of USA and North Korea.
Rather than settling for "shutting down" the old site, Trump should insist that no new sites be created for North Korean tests.
"I think Chairman Kim understands that".
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All three men are ethnic Koreans who became naturalized USA citizens.
Kim wants security and Trump wants Kim to get rid of his nukes.
A summit in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, would have been a tremendous propaganda coup for Kim, who desperately craves global legitimacy.
The flurry of summit diplomacy indicated remarkable progress on the resolution of the Korean stand-off, the most confrontational of the lingering hostilities since the end of the second world war.
A USA -led United Nations force stabilized the situation and pushed the invaders back behind the northern border, but General Douglas MacArthur, in perhaps his greatest miscalculation, resolved to vanquish the northern regime and unify the peninsula. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has dictated the terms and said that these were necessary steps.
Kim Dong-chul was arrested in 2015 in North Korea, two years before the other hostages, on spying charges.
For instance, Kim's foremost interest is to secure his regime's survival through extracting major concessions from a seemingly united world. It was a deal predicated with secret side deals not disclosed to the American public, a deal which allowed the nuclear ambitions of Iran to grow, and a deal which allowed for continued aggressive actions like the detaining of five new Americans in Iran since the deal's signing.
"Kim then asked Xi for China's economic assistance during the intermediate stages of denuclearization".