North Korea's nuclear test site to be dismantled in late May

Hannah Rogers
May 13, 2018

The closure was n announced in May - without giving precise dates - of only known nuclear testing facilities in North Korea, those of Punggye-ri, near border with China, to journalists and global experts who will be invited to attend Process. It is already believed to be unusable after Pyongyang's...

North Korea will begin dismantling its nuclear test site in less than two weeks in a ceremony attended by foreign journalists.

The announcement also says journalists from China, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom and South Korea will be allowed to cover the dismantling, to ensure the transparency of the process.

First, explosives will be used to collapse the tunnels, KCNA said.

Plans are also in place to block entrances and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts.

The North Korean leader revealed during the summit that his country plans to publicly close the test site, announcing experts and journalists from foreign countries will be invited.

Kim had previously announced his intention to dismantle the site as negotiations begin over total denuclearization.

Pompeo and different U.S. officers have repeatedly mentioned they're in search of North Korea's everlasting verifiable denuclearization, whereas North Korean officers have mentioned that they've already achieved their nuclear goals.

"If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends", he said.

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Pyongyang's pledge could open the way for airlines to route flights through North Korean airspace.

Confirmation of the meeting between the two men came after landmark talks between North and South Korea.

Kim a year ago oversaw a string of missile and nuclear tests, drawing the ire of the worldwide community.

Pompeo spoke to reporters at the State Department following his return from a trip to Pyongyang to negotiate with the North Korean leader and retrieve three Americans held by the regime.

Along with pledging an finish to unannounced missile testing, North Korea mentioned its "nationwide nuclear arms program was full" in accordance with the United Nations company.

Talking Friday, Pompeo mentioned any settlement with North Korea must embrace a "sturdy verification program" to make sure that Pyongyang complies. He added that the Trump administration was focused on making sure "we didn't end up where we were before" in the talks with North Korea.

Following the Moon-Kim summit, Moon's office said Kim was willing to disclose the process to global experts, but the North's statement on Saturday did not include any mention about allowing experts on the site.

Mr Trump announced the date and place of the summit earlier this week, hours after he welcomed home three U.S. detainees released from North Korea. "It's never been taken this far, there has never been a relationship like this".

"I think there is complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are", Pompeo said, though he declined to offer more detail.

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