As foreign investors and global corporations begin to prepare for the possibility of investing in a Kim-ruled, non-nuclear North Korea, allies of the rogue state like China are beginning to suggest that the United States invest heavily in "rewarding" dictator Kim Jong-un for not flagrantly violating worldwide law.
North Korea denies kidnapping the South Koreans and says they want to remain in the North.
All tunnels at the testing ground in the northeast of the country will be destroyed by explosion, with observation and research facilities also to be removed, along with ground-based guard units.
Google Earth image of Mt. Mantap in North Korea showing the locations of the nation's six nuclear bomb tests, including the September 3, 2017, test (red), the largest, which lowered the mountain by 20 inches.
Kim had already revealed plans to shut down the test site by the end of May during his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month.
"North Korea agrees in a certain time table to give up nukes and inspectors go in", told the person who requested anonymity to Alex Ward of Vox.
According to South Korean government figures, North Korea abducted at least 3,835 South Koreans after the 1950-53 Korean War, mostly from the 1950s to the 1970s when Seoul says the North systematically kidnapped South Koreans and other foreigners to train them for propaganda and spying. Pompeo said that the denuclearization would need to be verified and permanent in order for it to be considered complete, reported The Hill.
South Korean officials have said the downsising of the competition is related to improved relations between the two countries after the inter-Korean summit held on April 27.
Pompeo is himself just back from Pyongyang, after securing the first fruit of the tentative thaw in ties between Washington and Kim's regime - the return of three American detainees.
With North Korea pledging to close down its nuclear test site as a part of its own denuclearization efforts, the focus is on how the shutdown process will unfold. For instance, Kim's father Kim Jong Il invited foreign journalists to watch the destruction of a cooling tower at the Yongbyon reactor, where the North produced plutonium, in the summer of 2008.
But six nuclear tests had rattled the mountain.
North Korean defectors often cross China into Southeast Asia before trying to reach South Korea.
Upcoming talks between the U.S. and North Korea might shed light on the situation.
Pompeo for the second time this year visited North Korea.