Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

N. Korea to hold 'ceremony' for dismantling nuke test site

N. Korea to hold 'ceremony' for dismantling nuke test site

North Korea's announcement comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Kim at a joint news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and said, "If Chairman Kim chooses the right path there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity for the North Korean people".

In the list of countries included journalists from Russia, USA, South Korea, China and the UK.

Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at California's Middlebury Institute of International Studies, said in a blog post this week that recent satellite images had shown the removal of some buildings from the site.

Located in mountainous terrain in the northeast of the country, Punggye-ri is less than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from China.

KCNA reports the "technical measures" to carry out the process will take place between May 23 and 25. From there, journalists will board a charter train to the test site.

Kim revealed for the first time he planned to take down the nuclear test site during a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month.

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Friday's statement from the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) followed a visit by its representatives to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, earlier this week.

The North Korean Foreign Ministry affirms that, following the ceremony, the site will be "completely closed". The worldwide community has repeatedly condemned North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests and imposed sanctions on Pyongyang to curb its nuclear program. "We look forward to positive outcomes of the meeting".

North Korea has announced it will dismantle its nuclear weapons testing site in less than two weeks, according to state media.

The summit, which has been in the works since Trump accepted Kim's invitation to meet in March, will be the first ever meeting between a sitting United States president and North Korean leader.

Some experts believe Kim may try to drag out the process to wait out the Trump administration or seek a deal in which he gives away his intercontinental ballistic missiles but retains some of his shorter-range arsenal in return for a reduced US military presence in the South.

"Some say that we are terminating facilities that are not functioning, but you will see that we have two more tunnels that are bigger than the existing ones and that they are in good condition", Kim was quoted as saying.

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