Korean journalists to witness nuclear test site dismantling

People watch a TV screen reporting that North Korea will dismantle nuke test site during a news programme at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul. Ahn Young-joon  AP

Some of the rails and mining carts used for excavation of the tunnels in the complex have also been dismantled and other small buildings have been removed. Lewis, of the Middlebury Institute, argues that the tunnel's horizontal layout would also make it relatively easy to "pop" open the sealed entrances and regain access after their closing. The authors speculate that may be because they'll be blown up in front of members of the global media later this month.

"All the things the North Korean people need - [including] the capacity for American agriculture to support North Korea so they can eat meat and have healthy lives", he said.

In this process are invited global journalists, but not nuclear inspectors.

The North invited four reporters each from wire news and broadcasting companies for the event to be held from May 23-25 to dismantle the Punggye-ri site, where the North has carried out all six of its nuclear denotation tests, according to the ministry.

The country also vowed to stop testing missiles without notifying the global community Saturday.

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As Pompeo spoke on several Sunday morning talk shows, the Pentagon said three American prisoners freed by North Korea had left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington and been reunited with their families.

Pompeo cast US President Donald Trump's June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un as a test of the North Korean leader's commitment to change his country's direction.

South Korea's Defense Ministry said it is monitoring the developments at Punggye-ri closely, deputy spokesman Lee Jin-woo said at a news conference.

New commercial satellite imagery has provided the first definitive evidence that North Korea is dismantling its Punggye-ri nuclear test site ahead of a scheduled ceremony next week to mark the event, USA researchers said Monday.

While satellite imagery indicates that the north portal of the test-site has been abandoned after the damage caused by the natural disaster, two of the other areas, approximately 2.5 and 3.5 kilometers from the peak of the mountain, remain accessible through the south and west portals.

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Some in the worldwide community believe Kim's commitment to close Punggye-ri is a welcome development.

North Korea announced at a ruling party meeting last month that it was suspending all tests of nuclear devices and ICBMs, as well as the plan to close the nuclear testing ground.

But it's also possible North Kprea no longer needs the site.

A United States monitor confirmed on Tuesday that North Korea is fulfilling its pledge to dismantle its nuclear test site as shown by satellite images.

However, unlike what Reuters and many other media outlets reported citing "Chinese academic reports", the damage may not have been extensive enough render "the entire site unusable for future tests".

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