North Korea willing to 'permanently dismantle' Yongbyon nuclear site

Dream comes true for Moon: climbing North Korea's sacred Mount Paektu

In a speech to over 100,000 spectators at the DPRK capital's May Day Stadium, Moon said words could not express how moved he was to be speaking in front of so many North Korean citizens.

The signed agreement stated that Kim would travel to Seoul "as soon as possible", something no North Korean leader has ever done.

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted about North Korea's commitment to denuclearization, saying Kim has agreed to "nuclear inspections" and to "permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad".

"We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat", Kim said.

The two sides agreed to break the impasse during Kim Jong Un's historic meeting with Trump in Singapore in June.

Moon says such steps, combined with North Korea's unilateral but unverified dismantling of a nuclear testing ground earlier this year, would prevent the North from advancing its weaponry through further nuclear and missile tests.

In a written statement, he added, "This will mark the beginning of negotiations to transform U.S".

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Many South Koreans also feel drawn to the volcano, which, according to Korean mythology, was the birthplace of Dangun, the founder of the first ancient Korean kingdom, and has always been considered one of the most attractive places on the peninsula.

Mr Kim had made pledges during earlier meetings with Mr Moon and Mr Trump about denuclearising the Korean peninsula but there were few specifics and US-North Korea progress faltered.

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North Korea says Kim's grandfather and father, Kim Jong Il, were born at Mount Paektu, a centerpiece of the North's idolization and propaganda campaign to highlight the sacred bloodline of the ruling Kim family.

Mr. Trump said they would wait and see what North Korea does next.

North Korea's pledge at a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang drew an enthusiastic response from Mr Trump, even though some United States officials and experts fear a ploy to weaken Washington's resolve and its alliance with Seoul.

But it left open a burning question: Will the concessions North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is offering be enough to persuade the meet any of his demands?

"Many people in the South would go to Mount Paektu from the China side, but I decided not to, pledging myself that I would go stepping on our soil", Moon told Kim after reaching the peak of the mountain.

"What the United States needs to be looking for right now are genuine steps from the North Koreans that indicate a willingness to move the process forward".

"The peace treaty will be fulfilled as the final step of complete denuclearization".

The stone was unveiled during a tree-planting ceremony attended by Moon and senior North Korean official Choe Ryong Hae on Wednesday.

However, their premier accord on the issue that most worries the world - the North's pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles that can accurately strike the USA mainland - contained a big condition: Kim Jong Un stated that he would permanently dismantle North Korea's main nuclear facility only if the United States takes unspecified corresponding measures.

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