South Korea's Moon Jae-in attends Pyongyang Mass Games

North Korea pledges to close down key missile test site

The act of removing the dependents would nearly certainly be read in North Korea as a signal that the United States was seriously preparing for war.

However, their deal on the issue most fascinating and worrisome - the North's pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles that can accurately strike the USA mainland - contained a big condition: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stated he would permanently dismantle his country's main nuclear complex only if the United States takes unspecified corresponding measures.

Pompeo went on to say that he will meet with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in New York City next week during the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

He didn't indicate in his brief remarks whether the US would be willing to take further steps to encourage North Korean action on denuclearization.

Mr Moon is on a three-day visit to Pyongyang where he signed a landmark agreement with Kim Jong-un.

"I'm calm. So we'll see what happens", he said.

The North's offer to close the Yongbyong facility was coupled with a pledge to permanently shut down its missile engine testing facility and launch pad under the watchful eye of worldwide experts.

Mr Kim previously visited the mountain around major developments in North Korea, such as in late 2013 before he executed top officials including his uncle Jang Song Thaek, and after North Korea's fifth nuclear test in 2016, North Korea watchers say.

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Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho said enforcing the sanctions is the only way to force North Korea to change its policy. The U.S. on Friday called for an urgent meeting of the U.N.

U.S. intelligence services allege that North Korea is still enriching uranium and hawks on North Korea are disappointed about the latest meeting.

As Moon arrived at an airport near the mountain, some 1,000 North Koreans greeted him, waving flowers and chanting "Motherland!"

President Donald Trump welcomed the move, tweeting that Kim had "agreed to allow Nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations", adding: "Very exciting!".

A stone marker commemorating South Korean President Moon Jae-in's visit to Pyongyang has the wrong dates carved on it.

Image made from video provided by Korea Broadcasting System (KBS), South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) hugs North Korean leader Kim Jong Un upon arrival in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sept. 18, 2018.

He last went there in December, after declaring North Korea had completed its goal of becoming a nuclear state, according to state media.

He said he was also willing to close the country's main nuclear complex - but only if the United States took unspecified reciprocal action.

As the highest peak on the Korean peninsula at about 2750 metres, Mount Paektu is the mythical origin of the Korean people, featured in South Korea's national anthem and various North Korean propaganda. As recently as January of this year, Trump took to Twitter to threaten military strikes against North Korea, notoriously referring to Kim as "Rocket Man". Compared to the vague language of their two earlier summits, Kim and Moon seem to have agreed on an ambitious program meant to tackle soaring tensions past year that had many fearing war as the North tested a string of increasingly powerful weapons.

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