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Offbeat Trump thanks North Korea for vow to dismantle nuclear site

00:56  13 may  2018
00:56  13 may  2018 Source:   thehill.com

North Korea denies it hacked UN sanctions committee database

  North Korea denies it hacked UN sanctions committee database North Korea on Wednesday denied hacking the database of a UN committee tasked with monitoring sanctions against Pyongyang, and called on Washington to focus on peace efforts ahead of a planned summit between the countries' leaders.In a statement, the North Korean mission at the UN said Pyongyang "has never recognized the illegal and unlawful Security Council's 'sanctions resolutions'" and "is not interested in what the Sanctions Committee does," adding the idea that it had carried out a hacking operation was "nonsense.

SEOUL – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has pledged to close the country’s nuclear test site in On Friday, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed “complete denuclearisation” of the Trump had also informed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he would urge North Korea to

Leader Kim has already vowed to denuclearize. "When the president says that he will not make the mistakes of the past, that means the U.S. will not be making substantial concessions, such as lifting sanctions, until North Korea has substantially dismantled its nuclear programs," a senior Trump

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un are posing for a picture © Provided by The Hill

President Trump hailed a decision by North Korea on Saturday to dismantle a nuclear test site, calling it "a very smart and gracious gesture."

"North Korea has announced that they will dismantle Nuclear Test Site this month, ahead of the big Summit Meeting on June 12th," Trump tweeted. "Thank you, a very smart and gracious gesture!"

The president's tweet follows North Korea's announcement that it would dismantle the test site by the end of May, ahead of a planned summit between Trump and the country's leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

Dismantling North Korea nukes would be cost hundreds of millions, take years to complete

  Dismantling North Korea nukes would be cost hundreds of millions, take years to complete If President Trump is successful in convincing Kim Jong Un to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons program the undertaking would be unprecedented in its size and complexity, analysts say. “This would be the biggest undertaking by the international community when it comes to denuclearization or disarmament,” said Olli Heinonen, an arms control expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a national security think-tank.If Trump and Kim reach an agreement, the process could take years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars, Heinonen said.

President Donald Trump will ask North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to dismantle the country's nuclear arsenal without conceding significant ground on economic sanctions, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

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The historically isolated country also plans to soften air space restrictions and allow more access for foreign media for the destruction of the nuclear site, according to a message carried by North Korean state media.

The dismantling is expected to take place between May 23-25, the North Korean foreign ministry said.

North Korea first announced last month that it planned to decommission the nuclear site ahead of the meeting with Trump.

The move, coupled with North Korea's promise to soften restrictions on foreign journalists, is the latest sign of goodwill from Pyongyang.

This week, North Korea released three Americans prisoners during a visit to Pyongyang by newly appointed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Trump greeted the prisoners at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland upon their arrival.

The meeting between Trump and Kim will be the first such encounter between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean premier in history. The U.S. is expected to press the North give up its nuclear ambitions - a demand that Kim has reportedly indicated he is open to.

Foreign media head to N.Korea to witness nuclear site shutdown .
A group of roughly two dozen journalists from Western and Chinese news organizations departed for North Korea on Tuesday to witness the closure of its nuclear test site. Journalists from the Associated Press, CNN, CBS, Russia Today and Chinese state media outlets were among those seen checking in at Beijing Capital International Airport to catch a 9:00 a.m. (0100 GMT) Air Koryo flight, which took off at 9:48 a.m., according to the airport's website.

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