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North Korea to invite foreign experts to permanently scrap missile sites

19 September 2018

North Korea has agreed to "permanently" abolish its key missile facilities in the presence of foreign experts, and is willing to close its main nuclear complex if the United States takes reciprocal action, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday.

"Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of worldwide experts", Trump said on Twitter, referring to agreements the North Korean leader made in talks with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Mr Moon, Kim Yong-un said he will visit the South's capital Seoul "in the near future".

The two leaders emerged from a two-day summit in Pyongyang to sign declarations in front of the world's TV cameras.

"Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow Nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of worldwide experts", Trump tweeted late Tuesday evening.

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The South Korean leader is now expected to outline the details of his discussion with Chairman Kim to President Donald Trump during bilateral meetings next week.

Defense Minister Song Young-moo and his North Korean counterpart No Kwang-chol inked the agreement in Pyongyang, which is part of efforts to enforce the two Koreas' April summit agreement to halt "all hostile acts" against each other and "practically eliminate the danger of war".

At the beginning of the summit on Tuesday, Kim praised Moon for his work in helping the June summit with Trump come to fruition.

The institution was sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council a year ago as part of global efforts to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs by drying up its revenue sources.

Trump also said the remains of American war heroes will continue to be returned to the USA, before ending his tweet by calling the news "very exciting!"

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This week's summit, the third between Kim and Moon this year, is meant to craft concrete steps to implement the Panmunjom Declaration, named after the border village where they first met, Seoul officials said.

Cooperation between the two Koreas will be expanded, and the two leaders agreed to draft practical measures. "In the meantime there will be no Rocket or Nuclear testing", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Moon responded by expressing his own thanks to Kim for making a "bold decision" in a New Year's speech to open a new era of detente and send a delegation to the South Korean Winter Olympics in February. Mr.at the same time also stressed Washington must reciprocate his initial "goodwill" gestures.

United States officials involved in the latest negotiations have said North Korea has refused to even start discussions about defining denuclearization.

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North Korea to invite foreign experts to permanently scrap missile sites