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Pompeo says Kim 'ready' to invite inspectors to nuclear site

AFP  |  Seoul 

International inspectors will be allowed into North Korea's dismantled nuclear testing site, US said Monday, after a meeting with in which he said "significant progress" was made towards denuclearisation.

Pompeo met with the North Korean in on Sunday to rekindle stalled denuclearisation talks following a landmark summit between Kim and US in

"Kim said he's ready to allow them to come in" to see the dismantled Punggye-ri nuclear test site, Pompeo said.

North took apart the Punggye-ri facility in the country's northeast in May but has yet to allow international observers into the site to verify its claims.

The facility, buried inside a mountain near the border with China, was the staging ground for all six of the North's nuclear tests.

The inspectors will be allowed in as soon as the two sides agree on "logistics", Pompeo told reporters in before leaving for on a whirlwind diplomatic trip.

Denuclearisation of North is "a long process", Pompeo said, adding: "We made significant progress."

The visit was Pompeo's fourth to North

Trump met Kim in in June for the first-ever summit between the two countries, resulting in what critics say was only a vague commitment by the North Korean towards denuclearisation.

The two sides have since sparred over the exact terms of the vaguely-worded deal, with the US pushing for a "final, fully verified denuclearisation" of while has slammed for its "gangster-like" demands for its unilateral disarmament.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 12:15 IST