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According to the Yonhap News Agency, the US-North Korean summit in Singapore will go as planned despite new problems emerging on the Korean Peninsula.

The group of South Korean journalists flew into Beijing on Monday, on standby despite Pyongyang not having accepted the list of South Korean reporters to cover the Punggye-ri event. -South Korean military drills that were taking place.

Pyongyang has said it would hold a ceremony to mark the closure between Wednesday and Friday, depending on the weather, and that journalists from China, Russia, the US, Britain and initially South Korea would be allowed to watch.

It's not unusual for North Korea's official media to turn to hyperbole to make a point and the rhetorical barrage coincides with a visit to Washington by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. "Moon would try to propose a compromise plan between the USA and North Korea as the latter, unlike its initial promise, appears intent on delaying its denuclearization process and slicing it into several steps".

The four countries invited by the North to send correspondents are four of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, which also includes France.

Dozens of reporters from China, the United States and Russian Federation departed on a charter flight from Beijing, according to Chinese state broadcaster CGTN which is part of the contingent.

North Korea could build a new site if it decides it needs more testing or could dismantle the tunnels into Punggye-ri's Mount Mantap in a reversible manner.

For his part, Trump said North Korean officials are discussing logistical details about the meeting with the USA "as if nothing happened".

The South Korean journalists were expected to participate in the trip, but were left behind in Beijing after the North refused to grant them visas. They made a decision to return to Seoul.

"After that, dialogue will continue until the end of time", the expert said. "We hope that the North Koreans are going to be transparent like they say they are and they are going to show us the nuclear test site and the dismantlement".

Foreign reporters move through the airport to board a North Korean flight bound for Wonsan.

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They indicated that they paid around $160 and that the expenses were similar to any other business trip. "It's not that North Korea rejects complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, but rather they need a tangible promise from Washington in return".

In fact, as Moon arrives in Washington today the two leaders will nearly certainly ask themselves whether Trump should even meet Kim in Singapore on June 12.

However, the improving diplomatic environment has hit a rocky patch, with North Korea threatening last week to pull out of a planned June 12 summit in Singapore between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

It noted that the two leaders agreed at their summit in the Demilitarized Zone last month not to conduct hostile acts against each other and said the authorities have an obligation under that agreement to block such actions, even by private citizens.

"It's straight out of North Korea's playbook", the official said.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet prepares to takes off from an airbase in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, May 16, 2018. It also claimed any issue about human rights abuses in North Korea was "non-existent".

This has been seen by North Korean leaders as a reason to hold onto their nuclear weapons to ensure regime survival.

Earlier this month, North Korea denounced U.S. demands for "unilateral nuclear abandonment" and cancelled at the last minute a high-level meeting with the South in protest over joint military drills between Seoul and Washington.

Isolated North Korea's offer to scrap the test site was seen as a key concession in months of easing tension between Pyongyang and its long-time bitter rivals, South Korea and the United States.

"The Libyan model isn't a model that we have at all, when we're thinking of North Korea", Trump said, before floating the idea of potential protections for Kim Jong Un as a conclusion following successful negotiations.

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