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North Korea announces dismantling of nuclear test site

North Korea announces dismantling of nuclear test site

North Korea announced on Saturday that it would hold a ceremony on May 23-25 to dismantle its nuclear test site in a public show of goodwill toward the worldwide community before President Donald Trump's planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

During the meeting, Kim promised to dismantle the Punggye-ri underground nuclear test site in northeastern North Korea and transparently show the dismantlement to the world.

"A ceremony for dismantling the nuclear test ground is now scheduled between May 23 and 25", depending on weather conditions, the Foreign Ministry's statement said.

The test mine will be blown, and all the superstructure, including the building research Institute, guard posts and other facilities will be demolished.

Pyongyang pledged to achieve complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula at a summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the truce village Panmunjom on April 27.

North Korea continues to follow through with its efforts towards peace.

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He held a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Lee after the former announced on Twitter that he will meet North Korean Supreme Leader in Singapore on June 12, Yonhap News Agency reported. The specific location in Singapore remains secret. "It would, however, require North Korea to clear out the test tunnels and rebuild any infrastructure that might be removed - or dig new tunnels at the site or elsewhere".

Kim past year oversaw a string of missile and nuclear tests, drawing the ire of the global community. In another sign of improving relations, North Korea this week released three US citizens who had been imprisoned in the country. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump met the freed Americans in person on the tarmac of Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland at around 3 a.m.

Journalists from other countries including the United States and South Korea will be invited to witness the facility being destroyed. The dismantling will involve collapsing all tunnels with explosions and blocking their entrances.

"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.

Trump and Kim Jong Un will hold talks in Singapore on June 12, the first-ever meeting between sitting United States president and North Korean leader.