North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly said he would invite American experts and journalists for the closing down of a nuclear site, which he has promised to do amid a thaw in relations with South Korea and potentially the United States.
South Korea’s presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said on Sunday that Kim had made the remarks during a historic summit with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Friday.
“Kim said, during the summit with President Moon, that he would carry out the closing of the nuclear test site in May, and would soon invite experts of South Korea and the US as well as journalists to disclose the process to the international community with transparency,” Yoon said.
On Friday, Kim met with Moon in a much-anticipated meeting in the truce village of Panmunjom. He had earlier promised to suspend North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and close down the nuclear site to show Pyongyang’s resolve for peace.
During his meeting with Moon, Kim also reportedly slammed speculation that the test site in mind was already unusable.
“Some people are saying that we are terminating a test site that is already useless, but, as they will see once they visit, there are two more tunnels [in the test site] that are even bigger… and they are in good condition,” he said, according to the South’s presidential spokesman.
Yoon had more quotes from Kim.
“Once we talk, they will realize that I am not a person who will fire a nuclear weapon to the South or the US or target the US,” the South Korean official quoted Kim as saying in the historic summit.
Meanwhile, preparations are reportedly underway for a planned meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump in May.
Moon’s spokesman also said that, in the Friday summit, Kim promised to change the North’s time zone to match that of the South as a conciliatory gesture.
The two Koreas began mending fences in January, when Kim said he would be interested in talks being held between officials from the two countries. A series of overtures ensued.