Pyongyang has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear test site for sometime between May 23 and 25 depending on the weather.
Pompeo said he had told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of that hope during his brief visit to Pyongyang earlier this week, during which he finalized details of the upcoming June 12 summit between Kim and President Donald Trump and secured the release of three Americans imprisoned in the country.
North Korea's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that all of the tunnels at the country's northeastern testing ground will be destroyed by explosion, and that observation and research facilities and ground-based guard units will also be removed.
The ceremony is created to gain positive publicity ahead of the Trump-Kim summit, and the North said it would invite journalists from the United States, South Korea, and several other countries to witness the event.
Kim revealed plans to shut down the nuclear test site during his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month.
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Former US Secretary of Protection Ash Carter warned Friday that the U.S. should be cautious of any promises made by North Korea on the upcoming Trump-Kim summit.
On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said North Korea can look forward to "a future brimming with peace and prosperity" if it agrees to quickly give up its nuclear weapons.
Still, the closure of the site could be a useful precedent for Washington and Seoul as they proceed with the nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang, analysts say.
North Korea has set the date to begin shutting down a major nuclear test site as it continues to pursue improved relations with the world.
The announcement, by the Ministry of Overseas Affairs as reported by state information company KCNA, got here a day after Pyongyang pledged now not to hold out unannounced missile exams or different actions that put flights in danger, in accordance with a United Nations aviation company.
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State Department officials refused to discuss anything but the most basic details of their conditions, citing privacy concerns. But the swiftness in the development of events concerning North Korea has analysts anticipating potentially historic outcomes.
It also said North Korea will provide all worldwide journalists with charter flights from Beijing to North Korea's Wonsan, and from there, they will be offered a special charter train to Pyunggye-ri.
Pompeo had met previously with Kim while Central Intelligence Agency director, flying secretly to North Korea over the Easter weekend to discuss the possibility of a summit meeting with Trump and negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program. Two of the North Korean missiles handed over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.
It also arrives after historic summit of April between two Koreas.
"I think there is complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are", Pompeo said, though he declined to offer more detail.
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