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5/13/2018 1:20:58 PM

Trump thanks North Korea for 'gracious' pledge to destroy nuclear site

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday (May 12th) thanked North Korea after it pledged to destroy its nuclear test site ahead of his summit meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

U.S. President Donald Trump on May 11th, 2018. (Photo: AFP/Nicholas Kamm)

"North Korea has announced that they will dismantle Nuclear Test Site this month, ahead of the big Summit Meeting on June 12th," he tweeted.

"Thank you, a very smart and gracious gesture!"

The site at Punggye-ri, in the northeast of the country, will be dismantled in front of foreign media between May 23rd-25th - the latest in the North Korean leader's charm offensive.

Dialogue brokered by Seoul has seen U.S.-North Korea relations go from trading personal insults and threats of war last year to a summit between Kim and President Donald Trump due in Singapore on Jun 12th.

But sceptics warn that Pyongyang has yet to make any public commitment to give up its arsenal, which includes missiles capable of reaching the United States.

Washington is seeking the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation" of the North and stresses that verification will be key.

Punggye-ri has hosted all six of the North's nuclear tests, the latest and by far the most powerful in September last year, which Pyongyang said was an H-bomb./.

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