Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

2nd LD Writethru: DPRK announces dismantling of nuclear test site

2nd LD Writethru: DPRK announces dismantling of nuclear test site

The announcement comes after President Trump said he would hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

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

The North Korea-watching 38 North blog said on April 30 that synthetic aperture radar data of the test site corroborates Kim's statement that two tunnels remain viable.

Washington is seeking the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation" of the North.

Kim has declared the development of the North's nuclear force complete and that it had no further need for the site.

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Local press, as well as reporters from the U.S., U.K., South Korea, China, and Russian Federation will be invited to witness the closure of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site.

All tunnels at the testing ground in the northeast of the country will be destroyed by explosion, with observation and research facilities also to be removed, along with ground-based guard units.

North Korea has declared its nuclear forces complete late past year after its most powerful nuclear test to date in September and the launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles that experts say are capable of hitting most, if not all, of the continental United States.

In a dramatic turnaround after Kim and Trump had traded threats of war and personal insults, the young North Korean leader vowed to pursue denuclearization at a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides guidance with Ri Hong Sop (2nd L) and Hong Sung Mu (R) on a nuclear weapons program in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 3, 2017.

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Punggye-ri has hosted all six of the North's nuclear tests, the latest and by far the most powerful in September a year ago, which Pyongyang said was an H-bomb.

North Korea's reference to such activity is created to communicate that even without underground testing, the country intends to maintain its nuclear arsenal and be a "responsible" steward of those weapons at the same time, said Andrea Berger, a senior analyst at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

North Korea has invited the outside world to witness the dismantling of its nuclear facilities before.

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.

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