Incremental North Korean denuclearisation will be unacceptable - South Korea official

North Korea Blowing Up Its Nuclear Site Shows Kim Jong Un Will Keep His Promises, Says Seoul

Concurring with Daniel Russel's statement, Lee also said that the Iran deal has no implications for what Kim Jong-Un would or would not have done, since the North Korean regime has a documented record of using aggression to extort concessions in negotiation with South Korea and the United States, only to renege on its promises and repeat the same playbook again in a few years.

Kim, who picked Beijing to make his maiden official trip overseas in March, has also invited Xi to visit North Korea. If the idea is translated into action, North Korea could enjoy economic prosperity that will rival that of South Korea. His remarks came after he visited Pyongyang for a second time last week, and had last-minute negotiations with Kim to set the time and place for the first summit between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

National Security Advisor John Bolton said on May 13 that the US government's permanent, verifiable and irreversible dismantling (PVID) means every nuclear weapon should be dismantled and transferred to Oak Ridge and uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing capabilities should be removed.

"Kim Jong Un said during a party meeting on April 20 that [nuclear weapons] are a treasured sword for protecting peace", Thae said to reporters on Monday, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

Some experts and officials speculate that Washington and Pyongyang have agreed in principle to the North's full denuclearization in return for security guarantees for the Kim regime.




Thae also noted that North Korea was likely to open its borders to tourism projects near its coast.

He further claimed that North Korea wishes to become a nuclear weapons state under the shield of officially being recognised as a denuclearised state.

Thae defected from North Korea with his family in 2016.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12.

The president has threatened to walk out of the meeting with Kim if he does not get a desired result, the NSA said.

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