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1. US inspectors to work with IAEA on dismantlement

A US government official says US inspectors will be present along with those from the International Atomic Energy Agency when North Korea closes facilities related to its nuclear and missile programs.

The North agreed at this week's inter-Korean summit to permanently shut down its missile launch site at Tongchang-ri in the presence of international experts. It also said it's ready to dismantle the Nyongbyon nuclear facility if the US takes reciprocal actions.

US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Thursday that South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shared the understanding of having IAEA and US inspectors.

Nauert said the US has consulted with North Korea on this issue and there is a mutual understanding.

Asked if the North may be seeking some rewards for dismantling the Nyongbyon facility, Nauert reiterated that nothing can happen in the absence of denuclearization.