Cheong Wa Dae welcomes N. Korea's pledge to dismantle nuclear test site

Cheong Wa Dae welcomes N. Korea's pledge to dismantle nuclear test site

"North Korea has announced that this month they were to dismantle nuclear test site before the big summit on 12 June".

The country's central news agency said the dismantlement of the nuclear test ground would involve collapsing all of its tunnels with explosions, blocking its entrances and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts.

North Korea announces plans for a dramatic end to its nuclear test site. "Thank you, very smart and kind gesture!", - trump wrote in his Twitter.

Notably, journalists from other nations, including China, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the USA, will be invited to cover the event.

The ceremony will be held just over two weeks ahead of a slated meeting between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore.

However, observers noted that there has been no mention of foreign experts being allowed access to the site.

Despite that, China has long opposed any measures that could topple Kim's regime, possibly sending a wave of refugees into its northeast and bringing the prospect of USA and South Korean troops on its border.

All worldwide journalists would be provided with a charter flight into Wonsan, a port city in eastern North Korea, from Beijing, KCNA said. This could satisfy Trump but undermine the alliance between Washington and Seoul.

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From 21 April, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), KCNA said at the time.

The press release from the Foreign Ministry did not specifically name the Punggye-ri site, describing it only as the "northern nuclear test ground of the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea]". Guards and researchers will be withdrawn, and the area surrounding the test site will be closed.

The newspaper said the Punggye-ri site, situated near Mount Mantap in northeastern North Korea, was "wrecked" beyond fix by a landslide.

Adam Mount, from the Federation of American Scientists, says it's not enough verification.

The spectacle of the North shuttering and even destroying its nuclear facilities is not new.

In June 2008, global broadcasters were allowed to air the demolishing of a cooling tower at the Nyongbyon reactor site, a year after the North reached an agreement with the United States and four other nations to disable its nuclear facilities in return for an aid package.

North Korea continues to follow through with its efforts towards peace. However, in spite of its pledge to stop testing, North Korea has given no indication it is willing to go beyond statements of broad conceptual support for denuclearization by unilaterally abandoning a nuclear weapons program its ruling family has seen as crucial to its survival.

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