Pyongyang: Nuclear test site will be dismantled between May 23-25

Kim Jong Un has been accused of pursuing an aggressive nuclear missile programme

North Korea indicated that "technical measures" are already being taken in preparation.

And the North's Foreign Ministry said the ceremony for the occasion has been scheduled for between May 23 and 25, depending on weather conditions.

Officials in Seoul said in April that North Korea planned to invite experts and journalists from the United States and South Korea for the shutdown of its test site. Then, entries to the site will be blocked and all observation facilities, research institutes and guard structures will be removed.

"In parallel with dismantlement of the nuclear test ground, guards and researchers will be withdrawn and the surrounding area of the test ground will be completely closed", the ministry said.

Located in mountainous terrain in the northeast of the country, Punggye-ri is less than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from China.

During the third inter-Korean summit on April 27, Kim told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he would "carry out the closure of the northern nuclear test site in May", according to the Blue House.

The announcement comes a day after North Korea pledged to refrain from unannounced missile tests during a meeting with United Nations aviation agency officials, Yonhap reported.

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Kim has expressed a commitment to the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, although there are still questions about his sincerity given North Korea's tendency to fail to follow through on its commitments.

Pyongyang's pledge may open the way in which for airways to route flights by means of North Korean airspace.

Kim past year oversaw a string of missile and nuclear tests, drawing the ire of the global community.

During the Friday press conference, Pompeo said he had had a "warm" conversation with the North Korean dictator and that he believed the two countries agreed on the objectives of the summit.

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.

The United States aspires to have North Korea as a "close partner" and not an enemy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday, noting that the US has often in history become good friends with former adversaries. Kim Jong-un promised to invite journalists and security experts to North Korea to watch the process. "We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries who we are now close partners with and our hope that we could achieve the same with respect to North Korea".

Trump struck an optimistic tone on North Korea as he personally welcomed home the freed American detainees early Thursday. "A whole lot of excellent issues have occurred", Trump mentioned as he greeted the three former prisoners at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. "It is by no means been taken this far, there has by no means been a relationship like this. I really think a lot of progress has been made".

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