Pyongyang sets nuclear test site demolition date

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With possible peace between North and South Korea coming closer, Koreans in the Ozarks share their point of view of the situation.

The test ground will be completely closed after the process, KCNA said.

In order to accommodate the travelling journalists, North Korea said various measures would be taken including "opening territorial air space".

Hardliners in the North are believed to see possession of a nuclear weapon as a guarantee against US-led efforts to topple Kim's regime. Not only did he manage to secure the release of the Americans, he also nailed down a date and time for the much-anticipated meeting between Kim Jong un and Trump.

All of his mom's family lives in South Korea, and he anxious for their safety while Kim Jong Un was threatening to launch nuclear weapons.

Google Earth image of Mt. Mantap in North Korea showing the locations of the nation's six nuclear bomb tests, including the September 3, 2017, test (red), the largest, which lowered the mountain by 20 inches.

Last week, USA intelligence said the North Koreans had started pulling cables from the tunnels at their nuclear test site - a first step toward closing them down, CBS News' national security correspondent David Martin reported.

North Korea in 2014 sentenced South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook to hard labor for life on charges of spying and trying to set up underground churches.

The Trump-Kim summit is scheduled to take place on June 12 in Singapore.

"Especially in South Korea, the people, they are very optimistic about it because President Moon is very popular with the Koreans", said Yoon.

Chinese state media have asserted that the United States must offer North Korea "attractive rewards" if it wishes to see the nation abide by global law. "In the latest survey, talks about more than 90 percent of South Koreans support the meeting with the North Korean president".

Special rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana issued a statement hours after three US prisoners released by Pyongyang arrived back home.

But in September 2008, the North declared that it would resume reprocessing plutonium, complaining that Washington wasn't fulfilling its promise to remove the country from the USA list of state sponsors of terrorism. It was the sixth nuclear test by Pyongyang. Mr. Choi said. "He must openly and firmly raise the issue on live television when he visits Pyongyang for his second summit with Kim Jong Un later this year".

Most recently, there has been a series of reports suggesting that North Korea has been taking initial steps to close down the Punggye-ri site. But North Korea has said it's willing to talk now because it's already succeeded in becoming a nuclear-armed state, fueling skepticism that the North would truly being willing to give those weapons up.