North Korea Announces Plans To Dismantle Nuclear Test Site

North Korea Announces Plans To Dismantle Nuclear Test Site

Satellite photos indicate North Korea has begun dismantling its nuclear test site ahead of a historic summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, a United States monitor said Tuesday.

Satellite images show that North Korea has already started dismantling the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, potentially a big win for the global community, which has been trying to get this rogue nation to stop testing nukes for years.

The latest move is part of a series of measures and initiatives by the North aimed at reducing tension on the Korean Peninsula and took place three weeks ahead of meeting of North Korean President Kim Jong-un with US President Donald Trump while diplomats believe this would help create conducive atmosphere to make the talks successful and result oriented.

"I think they're done testing". Then, between 23 and 25 May, a ceremony will be held in which " tunnels will be flown from test field and ir entrances will be completely blocked", according to North Korean Foreign Ministry.

In his statement Wednesday, Kim Kye Gwan criticized recent comments by Trump's top security adviser John Bolton and other USA officials who have been talking about how the North should follow the "Libyan model" of nuclear disarmament and provide a "complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement".

White House national security adviser John Bolton said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that North Korea's future could be "unbelievably strong" if it follows through on its commitment to denuclearize.

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Many doubt North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will ever fully relinquish his expensive and treasured nuclear weapons, but even if he curtails his program, analysts warn it will be a long process.

The South and North Koreans are also talking about a formal peace treaty, as they are technically still at war; the original Korean conflict ended with an armistice signed in 1953. The site is where 5 of the past 6 nuclear tests were conducted. He has turned on the charisma in meetings with both US and South Korean officials.

North Korea plans to join global efforts to implement a total ban on nuclear weapons tests, it told the United Nations disarmament body Tuesday, May 15. "They are in great need of agricultural equipment and technology", he said on CBS' "Face the Nation". The site analyzed images which show significant changes that have been made at the location which are consistent with decommissioning.

On Saturday, he told Reuters that closure of Punggye-ri did not mean much in terms of disarmament, given that the United States, for example, stopped nuclear testing in 1992.

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. "If North Korea shuns them, it will once again face criticism that the dismantlement was just for show".

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