The DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier this month announced Pyongyang would host worldwide journalists for the dismantling of its northern nuclear test ground, slated to take place sometime between Wednesday and Friday depending on the weather conditions.
"This is the typical brain game of North Korea", said Cheon Seong-whun, a former adviser to the South Korean government and now a research fellow at Seoul's Asan Institute.
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.
"We expect the South Korea-U.S. summit to play a role as a bridge (between the U.S. and North Korea) that will lead to the success of the North Korea-U.S. summit as it comes three weeks before the North Korea-U.S. summit", said Nam Gwan-pyo, a deputy director of the presidential National Security Office.
This disconnect between North Korea and the United States could portend disaster-if the United States continues pushing a CVID model inspired by that of Libya, diplomacy will be a nonstarter with the North.
Foreign news media outlets heading to the North include Sky News from the UK, CNN from the US, CCTV from China and RT from Russian Federation.
South Korea had meant to send eight reporters from broadcaster MBC and news agency News1. Reporters were also dissuaded from speaking to North Korean embassy officials or guards.
In a sign of how fragile cross-border ties are at a crucial time, Pyongyang newspapers savaged Seoul for carrying out war games with the United States, while journalists from the South were refused visas and not allowed on the charter flight for foreign media from Beijing to Wonsan.
The South's Unification Ministry said in the afternoon that the Panmunjom communication channel with the North closed for the day at 4:00 p.m. without any significant communication.
The South Korean journalists were excluded because Pyongyang has cut off high-level contact with Seoul to protest an exercise with the USA military. No journalists from South Korea will travel north - a decision that Seoul said was regrettable - and no outside nuclear experts or inspectors are attending. "They must know what price they will be made to pay".
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Sin embargo, algunos medios mexicanos habían afirmado que la cifra ascendía a 400 millones de pesos (unos US$20,4 millones de dólares).
They indicated that they paid around $160 and that the expenses were similar to any other business trip.
"North Korea's position never changed". CBS News is the only US broadcast network in North Korea to witness the shutdown of the Punggye-ri site in the northeast of the coutry.
As the Singapore meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un draws near, the president and his allies are growing increasingly anxious about how he can score a win on the world stage.
Moon is expected to meet Trump on Tuesday for what is being described as a "crisis session" after Pyongyang threatened to pull out of next month's meeting.
Won Jong-hyok, a Beijing correspondent for North Korea's state-run Rodong Sinmun, appeared at the airport to check on foreign journalists leaving for North Korea and expressed his regret. On May 16, North Korea issued two statements that put the upcoming meeting on shaky ground.
Libyan leader Mummer Gaddafi agreed to end his country's nuclear programme in order to lift sanctions in 2003. "It's all part of the classic North Korean strategy of divide and conquer".
The US has demanded that North Korea denuclearize in more concrete ways, like by sending missiles and nuclear devices overseas for irreversible dismantlement, but that doesn't seem to have gone down well with Pyongyang. Both parties to the talks are invested in holding the meeting, with Kim seeing an opportunity for global legitimacy and Trump the prospect of securing Korean stability - and perhaps a Nobel Peace Prize.
South Korea anxious about Kim's bellicose weapons testing and Trump's similarly bellicose warnings about a looming war, was instrumental in convincing the two Cold War foes to sit down and talk.