US says N. Korea ready to allow inspectors into nuclear, missile sites

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang. (AFP pic)

SEOUL: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was ready to allow international inspectors into the North’s nuclear and missile sites.

Pompeo, who met Kim during a short trip to Pyongyang on Sunday, said the inspectors would visit a missile engine test facility and the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site “as soon as” the two sides agree on logistics.

Pompeo also said both sides were “pretty close” to agreement on the details of a second summit, which Kim proposed to US President Donald Trump in a letter last month.