North Korea's Kim Jong Un open to nuclear site inspection: Report

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had earlier expressed openness to shutting down the site if Washington took “corresponding” measures, but no offer to allow inspectors in to verify had been reported.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had earlier expressed openness to shutting down the site if Washington took “corresponding” measures, but no offer to allow inspectors in to verify had been reported. PHOTO: AFP/KCNA VIA KNS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is willing to allow inspectors into the reclusive country’s main nuclear complex in Yongbyon, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday (Nov 27), citing a senior diplomatic source. 

“I understand that Chairman Kim told (South Korean) President Moon (Jae-in) during their summit in September that if the US took corresponding steps, he would not only be willing to shut down the Yongbyon nuclear facilities but also allow verification,” Yonhap quoted the source as saying. 

The source said Mr Moon passed the message on to United States President Donald Trump when the two met during the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September. 

Mr Kim had earlier expressed openness to shutting down the site if Washington took “corresponding” measures, but no offer to allow inspectors in to verify had been reported. 

The US has stressed the importance of verification as it negotiates with the North about the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.