North Korea threatens to cancel summit with USA over military drills

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South Korea had no immediate response to the statement. We hope Kim makes a wise choice.

Siegfried Hecker, a former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the United States and a leading expert on North Korea's nuclear programme, said collapsing the Punggye-ri tunnels would be "a big and positive step", given his belief that North Korea still required more nuclear and missile tests to reach the U.S. mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile. The reporters will then be transported by a chartered train to the nuclear test site in Punggye-ri.

The Trump administration argues that it will only negotiate with North Korea "The complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling" of its nuclear program, something that regime has always refused to consider essential to its survival.

The U.S. -Japan alliance is more important than ever as both nations work to curb North Korea's missile and nuclear threats, an annual foreign policy report released Tuesday says. The country announced over the weekend that it will dismantle a key nuclear site later this month, a decision that Mr. Pompeo called "good news for the American people and for the world".

According to a report from Voice of America on Monday, a White House official said while Washington welcomed Pyongyang's decision to close down the nuclear site, the process should undergo inspections by global experts. After last pact between North Korea and United States, Pyongyang destroyed in 2007 cooling tower of Yongbyon nuclear power plant, where plutonium has been manufactured for its bombs.

North Korea's foreign Ministry said the country will continue to 'promote close contacts and dialogue with the neighbouring countries and the global society so as to safeguard peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and over the globe'.

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Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12.

"It's like closing the abdomen when you find a cancer tumor during surgery", Seo said in an interview with a local broadcaster on Monday.

"Technically, it's not that hard and doesn't take much time - you can just destroy nuclear test sites with bulldozers and explosives and remove weapons out of the country", Cheon Seong Whun, visiting research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, said by phone.

The move comes ahead of leader Kim Jong Un's summit with Mr Trump next month.

Pompeo told "Face the Nation" that his most recent trip to North Korea was created to lay the groundwork for President Trump's upcoming summit with Kim.

The site analyzed images which show significant changes that have been made at the location which are consistent with decommissioning. USA military officials say it is needed to practice the kind of cooperation that would be necessary in any real live military situation on the heavily-armed Korean peninsula.

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