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>> It's been the search of a nuclear tests that have angered and alarmed the international community. Now, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un says he would invite journalists and experts to bear witness when his country closes the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in May. That's according to Seoul officials after Kim met South Korean president Moon Jae-In at the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade.
That meeting paves the way for US President Donald Trump to meet with Kim, something Trump said would happen in the next three to four weeks. On Friday, Kim and Moon vowed complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. That declaration has received optimistic, if guarded, praise from world leaders. On Sunday, Pope Francis praised the courageous commitment taken by the leaders of the two countries while Russian president Vladimir Putin offered his support in facilitating cooperation.
Trump held a 75 minute call with Moon on Saturday and said the commitment to denuclearization was good for the whole world.>>
> A North Korean state media, renowned for its bulletins, called the summit a turning point for the Koreas. However, the declaration did not set out steps as to how denuclearization would be achieved or clear up whether North Korea is willing to give up its arsenal of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
State television had announced before the summit that Pyongyang would immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and scrap its nuclear test site. Experts say much of the site was rendered useless when a tunnel collapsed last year. But Kim said there were two additional tunnels that remain in a very good condition.
In another gesture of cross-border corporation, Kim pledged to scrap a unique timezone created by Pyongyang in 2015. And so the north will move its clocks forward by half an hour to be in sync with the south.