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In two new dispatches on Thursday morning, the North's state-run KCNA news agency said Kim went to Pyongyang's station on Wednesday evening "to see off a special objective train carrying the bodies of Chinese who were killed and the wounded in a tragic traffic accident".

"We have been told directly that they would like to have the meeting as soon as possible. I want them to get rid of their nukes".

The South China Morning Post had in earlier reports talked about a fallout leak following the hydrogen bomb test. Scientists have warned that there was a possibility of radioactive dust escaping through holes or cracks in the damaged mountain.

"Let us work together in order to make our planet great again and create new jobs and new opportunities while safeguarding our earth".

Between December 2011 and the end of past year, North Korea conducted 90 ballistic missile and four nuclear tests, including its longest ever Intercontinental Ballistic Missile test launches, raising concerns in Washington about its ability to strike USA territory.

The pope said he would personally pray for the Korean people who are "passionate about peace", and that the entire Catholic Church will stand close to South Korea ahead of the summit.

United States President Donald Trump said on Thursday he may hold up a trade agreement reached this week with South Korea until after a deal is reached with North Korea on denuclearisation.

To many South Koreans, the idea of unification has grown distant, if not far-fetched, over the 65 years since the war with North Korea ended in a truce.

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-North Korea summit, which could come in June, Trump had kind words for Kim, whom he once called a "madman" and "little rocket man".

The house will act as the summit center. "You can't expect North Korea to voluntarily give up its nuclear weapon without any compensation", Jeong said, adding that the administration had been rather passive in addressing the problem.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is Trump's choice for secretary of state, told his own confirmation hearing this month that the vacancy in Seoul needed "immediate attention". Conservative critics argued that the aid was diverted to accelerate North Korea's weapons development.

It's an example of the kind of trickery we are going to face.

But he warned against simply abandoning the multi-nation Iran nuclear deal, as Trump has considered, promoting a "more comprehensive deal" he has been discussing with White House officials during his US visit.

Mr. Kim made a sudden visit to Beijing last month - his first foreign trip as North Korea's leader, and Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to visit Pyongyang later this year. The Trump administration supplemented those restrictions with unilateral USA sanctions against firms that had conducted illicit trade with the North. But observers suspect that Kim's announcement wasn't as generous as it seemed. There is still uncertainty about what he seeks in return.

Even if no grand deal emerges, simply getting Kim in front of the world's cameras on South Korean-controlled territory could prove valuable.

But now seismologists in China have suggested that the real reason nuclear activity will be halted in the North is because its test site at Punggye-ri under Mount Mantap has been destroyed. This is likely what forced Kim Jong Un to concede, Manzu Yongshi concluded.

  • Sonia Alvarado