Pyongyang: Nuclear test site will be dismantled between May 23-25

by Antonio Miles May 13, 2018, 0:48
Pyongyang: Nuclear test site will be dismantled between May 23-25

A public ceremony of dismantlement of the North Korean nuclear test ground of Punggye-ri is scheduled for one day between May 23 and May 25, North Korea's KCNA news agency said with reference to the country's Foreign Ministry.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced Friday that the historic summit will hold in Singapore.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry said that all of the tunnels at the site will be destroyed by explosion, and that observation and research facilities and ground-based guard units will also be removed.

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The nuclear web site that can be dismantled is positioned in Pukyung.

"The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country's northern side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear test".

North Korea outlined steps Saturday to dismantle its nuclear testing site - and confirmed that worldwide journalists, including from the United States and the United Kingdom, would be invited to watch this month as its tunnels are blown up.

Only journalists from China, Russia, the United States, the UK and South Korea will be allowed to attend to "show in a transparent manner the dismantlement of the northern nuclear test ground". He said on April 20 that his nation already had "completed its mission" to test its weapons capability.

Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at California's Middlebury Institute of International Studies, said in a blog post this week that recent satellite images had shown the removal of some buildings from the site.

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Saturday's announcement is the latest move in a rapid sequence of events on the Korean peninsula triggered by the Winter Olympics in the South.

Until recently, Mr Kim and Mr Trump had been trading personal insults and threats, heightening tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme.

Pompeo had met previously with Kim while Central Intelligence Agency director, flying secretly to North Korea over the Easter weekend to discuss the possibility of a summit meeting with Trump and negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program.

Kim had revealed plans to close down the nuclear take a look at web site throughout his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in final month.

But the phrase is a diplomatic euphemism open to interpretation on both sides.

Pyongyang appeared to have made major advances in its quest to develop nuclear weapons, claiming that it possessed missiles capable of hitting mainland US.

It is a remarkable turnaround after Trump called Kim Jong-un "little rocket man", before the North Korean leader branded Trump a "do-tard".

This week the North released three Korean-Americans it had detained into the care of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was making his second trip to Pyongyang in two months. This could satisfy Trump but undermine the alliance between Washington and Seoul.


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