North Korea Schedules Demolition of Nuclear Test Site

North Korean mountain

Nuclear tests have taken place in a system of tunnels dug below Mount Mantap, near the Punggye-ri site.

The journalists will be provided with a charter flight from Beijing to the North Korean coastal city of Wonsan, from where they will travel by train to the test site, the statement said.

Pyongyang has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear test site for sometime between May 23 and 25 depending on the weather.

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. Then, after all entryways are shut, ground-level observation facilities and research centers will be removed.

"In parallel with dismantlement of the nuclear test ground, guards and researchers will be withdrawn and the surrounding area of the test ground will be completely closed", the ministry said.

The display at Punggye-ri, in the northwest of the country will be open to foreign media.

South Korea's presidential workplace mentioned final month that Kim planned to shut down his nuclear test site in May, following landmark talks between Kim and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in.

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

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Since Trump announced plans to hold a summit with Kim, questions have been raised continually about whether the two leaders have the same objective in mind when they speak about "denuclearization".

The ruling WPK said that the country will close its nuclear test ground and suspend missile tests in order to concentrate all the nation's efforts on economic construction, during a plenary session chaired by the country's top leader Kim Jong Un last month.

Friday's assertion from the UN's Worldwide Civil Aviation Group (ICAO) adopted a go to by its representatives to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, earlier this week.

The US wants Pyongyang to give up its weapons programme completely and irreversibly.

It also said North Korea will provide all worldwide journalists with charter flights from Beijing to North Korea's Wonsan, and from there, they will be offered a special charter train to Pyunggye-ri. DPRK is an acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Two of the North Korean missiles passed over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Pompeo spoke to reporters on the State Division following his return from a visit to Pyongyang to barter with the North Korean chief and retrieve three Americans held by the regime.

And as the eyes of the world turn toward North Korea, it will be under pressure to deliver on its show of goodwill by committing to further steps to denuclearize the peninsula.

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