Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

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

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

"In due consideration of small space of the test ground, journalists from other countries will be confined to those from China, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom and South Korea", said the statement. They said that after six tests, all conducted in deep tunnels, the place has caved in and become too unstable for another test.

North Korea will publicly dismantle the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in the next two weeks, according to state media.

South Korea had no immediate response to the statement.

According to the announcement, the site's underground tunnels will be collapsed using explosives.

All observation facilities and research institutes would be removed along with guards and researchers, it said, detailing the process of closing the site. The test ground will be completely closed after the process, KCNA said.

Located in mountainous terrain in the northeast of the country, Punggye-ri is less than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from China. On April 21, 2018, Pyongyang announced after a key ruling party meeting that it would dismantle the site because it has already completed its nuclear development.

The news came as Mike Pompeo, the USA secretary of state, said America was prepared to help the regime boom economically if it denuclearises.

North Korea's pledge no longer to carry out unannounced missile tests or other activities that put flights at risk may be seen as the latest sign that the isolated nation is prepared to engage with the world.

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North Korea indicated that "technical measures" are already being taken in preparation.

"Now that North Korea has accepted in principle that agreements should be verified, US negotiators should hold them to this standard for any subsequent agreement", Adam Mount, a senior defense analyst at the Federation of American Scientists, told the Associated Press.

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

"If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the USA is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on a par with our South Korean friends", he said on Friday, appearing at a press conference alongside his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha in Washington.

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said North Korea can look forward to "a future brimming with peace and prosperity" if it agrees to quickly give up its nuclear weapons. Yesterday, Trump announced the meeting was scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

It also arrives after historic summit of April between two Koreas.

But their relationship appears to have thawed, and in the early hours of Thursday morning, Mr Trump welcomed home three Americans released by Pyongyang.

"We're beginning off on a brand new footing - I actually assume we've got an excellent likelihood of doing one thing very significant". "It's never been taken this far, there has never been a relationship like this".

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