North Korea has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear bomb test site for sometime between 23-25 May in order to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests, the country's state media reported on Saturday a month ahead of the summit with the United States.
North Korea said it will dismantle its Punggye-ri test site between May 23 and 25, in the presence of local and worldwide media.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) exchange documents during a signing ceremony near the end of their historic summit at the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, 2018.
However, analysts believe the closure of the site is largely symbolic and doesn't represent a material step towards denuclearisation.
The dismantling would come before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump meet for June 12 talks expected to focus on Kim's nuclear program.
"North Korea has a very extensive programme". However, Pyongyang has yet to say whether it will give up its nuclear weapons and dismantle related facilities other than Punggye-ri.
"In the end, North Korea will remain 'a nuclear power packaged as a non-nuclear state, '" Mr Thae told the South's Newsis news agency.
Trump also lavished praise on Kim after that move, saying he "really was excellent" to the three men, and cast forward to his upcoming meeting.
Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim were released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after receiving physical examinations upon their return from North Korea early Thursday, Pentagon spokeswoman Maj. Pompeo told that its economy will rival that to the South Korean economy. "The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!" he wrote.
The US price for normalization - complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization - is one Pyongyang has never before been willing to pay, regarding nuclear weapons as the ultimate guarantee of the regime's survival.
Trump is doing exactly what he said he would do.
"They obviously want to make concessions, a lot of concessions, but not as much as the American side hopes for", said Professor Andrei Lankov, a North Korea economic analyst with Kookmin University in Seoul.
Pertinently, North Korea believes it can at least rely on China as a buffer against potential USA aggression; Iran does not have a similar faith in Europe.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday the US will provide security assurance to North Korea's top leader Kim Jong-un, if the country could achieve denuclearisation. But when Moon later stood in front of cameras with Kim after signing the declaration, he said he looked forward to seeing both countries start joint research on ways to resume joint economic projects and implement an inter-Korean declaration signed on October 4, 2007, when then-Korean leaders Roh Moo-hyun and Kim Jong-il agreed to promote balanced economic growth and co-prosperity.