Dream comes true for Moon: climbing North Korea's sacred Mount Paektu

Mr Pompeo is arranging meetings with North Korean officials with the aim of completing North Korea’s denuclearisation by January 2021

North Korea pledged to shut down one of its nuclear test sites in a meeting yesterday between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang.

Pompeo welcomed Wednesday's agreement between the two Koreas to denuclearise the peninsula.

But while Moon's warm reception in the North Korean capital and smiling photo opportunities have already been considered a diplomatic victory, a number of global policy experts are still uncertain as to whether facility shutdowns in Yongbyon will actually cease all nuclear production, with the Times noting that some foreign analysts suspect that Kim has other nuclear programs operating in secret.

Kim Jong Un, too, has visited the mountain around major developments in North Korea, such as before he executed top officials including his uncle Jang Song-thaek in late 2013, and following North Korea's fifth nuclear test in 2016.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was said to have climbed Mount Paektu in "smart shoes" previous year.

U.S. intelligence services allege that North Korea is still enriching uranium and hawks on North Korea are disappointed about the latest meeting.

It's still unclear if North Korea will unveil nuclear production facilities other than Yongbyon, and disclose the location of its mobile launchers that can fire intercontinental ballistic missiles.

She also said it was not clear whether the expected talks in Vienna would be held under the auspices of the United Nations, which typically is involved in similar denuclearisation efforts.

He said he was also willing to close the country's main nuclear complex - but only if the United States took unspecified reciprocal action.

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Moon left early in the morning from Paekhwawon guest house and was escorted by Kim Yong Nam, head of North Korea's parliament.

"He's calm, I'm calm - so we'll see what happens", Mr Trump told reporters.

Some US officials were deeply sceptical. "They don't meaningfully constrain North Korea's nuclear programme".

At the summit, the two Koreas agreed on plans to resume economic cooperation, including working to reconnect rail and road links.

USA officials suggested Kim was trying to ease the economic pressure on him to curb his nuclear programmes and to undercut the rationale for USA troops being based in South Korea by improving relations with Seoul.

In a final promise from Wednesday's summit, Kim said that he would be travelling to South Korea in the near future, a trip that would represent its own massive step in Korean diplomatic relations, as no North Korean leader has ever set foot on the southern side of the Peninsula's highly militarized border. "Prior to becoming president, it looked like we were going to war with North Korea, and now we have a lot of progress", Mr. Trump said.

"I feel overwhelmed that I can share these words today", Moon said.

While Mount Paektu is revered by both peoples - it is mentioned in South Korea's national anthem - North Korea claims that Kim's father, Kim Jong-il, was born there and dubs it the "sacred mountain of the revolution".

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