Worldwide journalists left on a marathon journey to a North Korean nuclear test site on Wednesday, after Pyongyang belatedly cleared a number of South Korean media to witness what it says will be the dismantling of its only nuclear test facility.
The journalists from the MBC television network and News1 wire service took a special government flight later on Wednesday to go to the North's northeastern coastal city of Wonsan, according to Seoul's Foreign Ministry.
Kim announced plans to close the Punggye-ri site last month ahead of the summit, saying that nuclear development was complete and further underground testing was unnecessary.
Punggye-ri, located in the mountainous northeast of the country, is the site where all six of North Korea's nuclear tests have been held.
The change in tone came after North Korean officials blasted national security adviser John Bolton for suggesting that North Korea would quickly eliminate its weapons of mass destruction as Libya did - a move North Korean leaders see as a risky approach that could end with Kim facing the same deadly fate as former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
While Cheong Wa Dae declined to comment on whether preparations were being made for the inter-Korean talks and communications with North Korea, analysts said if the talks resumed, it would show there had been consensus between the two Koreas. He asked for the meeting, the president agreed to meet with him.
Trump and South Korea's leader met in the Oval Office on Tuesday, and President Moon Jae-in says "the fate and the future of the Korean Peninsula hinge" on the summit set for June 12 in Singapore.
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WONSAN, Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of - A group of foreign journalists departed by train Wednesday to watch the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear test site after eight reporters from South Korea received last-minute permission to join them. Pyongyang has threatened to reconsider the summit if the Trump administration pressures North Korea to unilaterally abandon its nuclear weapons. The Liberty Korea Post web site has also reported that North Korea sentenced 24 defectors to death for continuing a campaign against Pyongyang from exile, such as by sending propaganda into the North.
"North Korea can say to the worldwide community that it did its best to achieve denuclearisation through negotiations but was pressured by the United States and couldn't do it", he said. She added that experts from the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the world's main nuclear test-ban body, should also be invited to observe the site.
The South Korean journalists were left in Beijing and eventually returned to Seoul as the North refused to grant them visas.
Reporters from China, Britain, the U.S. and Russian Federation on Tuesday flew from Beijing to the North Korean city of Wonsan, from where they will travel for some 20 hours up the east coast by train and bus to the remote test site.
As Pompeo told Fox News last Sunday, "If we're going to get to this historic outcome, both sides have to be prepared to take truly historic measures to achieve it".
"When Bolton gave an interview and talked about following a Libya model, Pyongyang said, 'I don't think so, that ain't happening". "My defector friends say claims that the 13 restaurant workers from China were forced to come to South Korea is ridiculous". "But you know, like I said I hope for the best".