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JUST IN: North Korea to hold 'ceremony' for dismantling nuclear test sites
13 May 2018, 12:52 | Colleen Roy
This Digital Globe satellite image shows Punggye-ri the North Korea nuclear test site. Credit DigitalGlobe/38 North via Getty Images
The announcement comes after President Trump said he would hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.
The official Korean Central New Agency said dismantlement of the Punggye-ri nuclear test ground would involve collapsing all of its tunnels with explosions, blocking its entrances, and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts.
The nuclear site that will be dismantled is located in Pukyong.
However, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that she did not believe that Moon would be a part of the historic Trump-Kim summit the following month.
Only journalists from China, Russia, the United States, the UK and South Korea will be allowed to attend to "show in a transparent manner the dismantlement of the northern nuclear test ground".
Trump struck an optimistic tone on North Korea as he personally welcomed home the freed American detainees early Thursday. The world across the Pumyeong nuclear take a look at web site may also be closed, Yonhap Information reported.
Trump also withdrew the United States from a nuclear pact with Iran, raising questions over whether Pyongyang would trust Washington's promises.
Kim past year oversaw a string of missile and nuclear tests, drawing the ire of the global community.
It says the country will arrange a flight for the reporters from Beijing to the city of Wonsan.
Still, the closure of the site could be a useful precedent for Washington and Seoul as they proceed with the nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang, analysts say.
"Now that North Korea has accepted in principle that agreements should be verified, USA negotiators should hold them to this standard for any subsequent agreement", said Adam Mount, a senior defense analyst at the Federation of American Scientists.
The display at Punggye-ri, in the northwest of the country, will be another step in leader Kim Jong Un's charm offensive, with a ceremony scheduled between May 23 and 25.
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.
However, in spite of its pledge to stop testing, North Korea has given no indication it is willing to go beyond statements of broad conceptual support for denuclearization by unilaterally abandoning a nuclear weapons program its ruling family has seen as crucial to its survival.
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