The dialogue brokered by Seoul has seen US-North Korea relations go from trading personal insults and threats of war past year to a summit between Kim and President Donald Trump due in Singapore on June 12.
He said his talks with Kim on Wednesday had been "warm", "constructive", and "good" and that he made clear that if North Korea gets rid of its nuclear weapons in a permanent and verifiable way, the U.S.is willing to help the impoverished nation boost its economy and living stands to levels like those in prosperous South Korea.
The Nuclear Weapons Institute and other collaborating institutions are "taking technical measures" to destroy the site and "ensure transparency of discontinuance of the nuclear test", the statement said.
This will include collapsing tunnels with an explosion, blocking "completely" entries and eliminating all observation facilities, research centers and structures of guard units on ground. On April 21, 2018, Pyongyang announced after a key ruling party meeting that it would dismantle the site because it has already completed its nuclear development.
Today's announcement comes after Trump said he would hold a summit with Kim in Singapore on June 12 - the first-ever meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader. Earlier this month, North Korean officers requested to start out an air route between the Pyongyang and Incheon, South Korea, airspace areas.
"Now that North Korea has accepted in principle that agreements should be verified, USA negotiators should hold them to this standard for any subsequent agreement", Adam Mount, a senior defense analyst at the Federation of American Scientists, told The AP.
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On Friday, Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that North Korea can look forward to "a future brimming with peace and prosperity" if it agrees to quickly give up its nuclear weapons.
The journalists will be provided with a charter flight from Beijing to the North Korean coastal city of Wonsan, from where they will travel by train to the test site, the statement said. Two of the North Korean missiles handed over the Japanese island of Hokkaido. It will be the first time a sitting U.S. president has ever met a North Korean leader.
Trump and South Korea's President are due to meet on May 22 at the White House.
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 Seoul's presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae.
And as the eyes of the world turn toward North Korea, it will be under pressure to deliver on its show of goodwill by committing to further steps to denuclearize the peninsula. "I actually assume a variety of progress has been made".