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Koreas Update: The South Removes Speakers; Is the North Ready to Remove a Test Site?

Progress over the weekend as the possible Trump-Kim summit approaches.

By NTK Staff | 04.30.2018 @9:30am
Koreas Update: The South Removes Speakers; Is the North Ready to Remove a Test Site?

Americans are waking up on Monday and heading to work after most had a warm spring weekend, but neither the Trump administration, nor the leaders of North Korea and South Korea, slowed down in their attempts to achieve peace.

Arguably the most major development came from the North, with an apparent pledge from the Kim regime to “shut down its nuclear test site by May and take steps to demonstrate the closure to the world,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

North Korea said it would shut down its nuclear test site by May and take steps to demonstrate the closure to the world, South Korea’s presidential office said Sunday, adding to momentum for a deal on the regime’s nuclear program after last week’s historic talks between the two sides.

During a summit meeting Friday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the inter-Korean demilitarized zone, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also reaffirmed his willingness to give up his nuclear weapons in exchange for a security guarantee from the U.S., according to details of their conversations made public by the South’s presidential office.

An important caveat, the Journal noted, is that recent Chinese reports “concluded that a large part of the test site was unusable,” but the closure of the test site may even be important as a symbolic gesture.

The North is not the only country making symbolic gestures, though. Reuters reported:

In initial small steps towards reconciliation, South Korea said on Monday it would remove loudspeakers that blared propaganda across the border, while North Korea said it would shift its clocks to align with its southern neighbor.

Kim may also be committed to giving up nuclear weapons if the U.S. pledges not to invade North Korea, a development that caught the president’s Twitter attention.

Trump, for his part, said late last week that a summit with Kim may take place “over the next three or four weeks.”

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