Published: Sun, May 13, 2018

North Korea invites the world to watch its destruction of nuclear site

North Korea invites the world to watch its destruction of nuclear site

North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs pledged transparency and laid out plans Saturday to dismantle the country's nuclear testing site.

And Kim Jong-un gets credit for publicly blowing up a nuclear test site that North Korea was probably planning to blow up secretly anyway.

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. 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.

The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country's northern side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear test. Kim refuted claims by Chinese scientists that parts of the site had been so badly damaged by previous explosions, particularly its sixth and last test in September, that it may now be unusable, Moon's office added. Kim was quoted by KCNA as telling the party that its mission has "come to an end".

Siegfried Hecker, a former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the United States and a leading expert on North Korea's nuclear program, said collapsing the Punggye-ri tunnels would be "a big and positive step", given his belief that North Korea still required more nuclear and missile tests to reach the USA mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile.

Trump welcomed the North Korean announcement.

In addition to pledging an end to unannounced missile testing, North Korea said its "national nuclear arms program was complete" according to the United Nations agency.

David Beasley said he had enjoyed unprecedented access to the secretive state, telling BBC radio that North Korea's leaders had a "sense of optimism". However, a final attempt by Bush to complete an agreement to fully dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons program collapsed that December when the North refused to accept USA -proposed verification methods. Two of the North Korean missiles passed over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

This week the North released three Korean-Americans it had detained into the care of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was making his second trip to Pyongyang in two months. "We look forward to positive outcomes of the meeting".

North Korea has announced that it will begin to dismantle its nuclear facilities later this month ina televised ceremony open to foreign journalists.

"If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearise, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on par with our South Korean friends".

The US president has pledged to try and make the summit "a very special moment for world peace".

"The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th".

According to media reports, the North Korean leader agreed to meet with the head of the White house during a meeting with South Korean President mun Jae Otherwise.

Prior to the historic U.S.

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