North Korea Schedules Demolition of Nuclear Test Site
- Author: Kyle Peterson May 13, 2018,
May 13, 2018, 9:26
According to the KCNA, the dismantling of the Punggye-ri site will involve the collapsing of all tunnels through the use of explosives and the removal of all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts.
The North said it plans to invite journalists from the United States, South Korea, China, Russia and Britain to inspect the process.
At a ruling party meeting last month, the North announced that it had suspended all tests of nuclear devices and ICBMs and the plan to close the nuclear test site. Guards and researchers will be withdrawn, and the area shut off.
On Thursday, it was confirmed that Mr Kim would finally hold a highly teased meeting with President Donald Trump in Singapore on 12 June.
Geologists at the University of Science and Technology of China have presented evidence suggesting the mountain directly above North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site has collapsed, reports the Associated Press. Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that North Korea can look forward to "a future brimming with peace and prosperity" if it agrees to quickly give up its nuclear weapons.
The incident happened following the September 3, 2017 detonation of a nuclear bomb estimated at around 100 kilotons, which is 10 times stronger than any of the previous five tests conducted by North Korea.
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Analysts said the move was positive but limited in its scope.
Adam Mount, from the Federation of American Scientists, says it's not enough verification.
North Korea has invited the outside world to witness the dismantling of its nuclear facilities before.
The rogue nation will start to take the facility apart on May 23, with worldwide media watching.
But in September 2008, the North declared that it would resume reprocessing plutonium, complaining that Washington wasn't fulfilling its promise to remove the country from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Trump is expected to push North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons at the meeting in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions and USA assistance in rebuilding Pyongyang's ailing economy.