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Buildings Being Dismantled At NK Nuke Test Site

May 25 2018, 03:04 | Irvin Gilbert

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Punggye-ri, in the northeast of the country, has been the site of all six of the North's nuclear tests, the latest and by far the most powerful in September a year ago, which Pyongyang said was an H-bomb.

North Korea on Wednesday canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea and threatened to scrap a historic summit next month between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over military exercises between Seoul and Washington that Pyongyang has long claimed are invasion rehearsals. Her comment came shortly after South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported that the North was threatening to cancel the summit because of ongoing military exercises between the USA and South Korea. He did not specify what the military had seen. Some of the rails for mining cars have also been removed.

But not all buildings have been demolished yet, the researchers concluded.

However no tunnel entrances appear to have been permanently closed and some main buildings are still intact, it added, saying the destruction of those facilities was likely to be carried out in front of the foreign media.

North Korea says it will dismantle its Punggye-ri test site between May 23 and 25 in the presence of local and worldwide media. The Foreign Ministry explained that journalists from Russia, UK, China, the Republic of Korea and the United States will be invited to the ceremony.

Punggye-ri, in the northeast of the country, has been the site of all six of the North's nuclear tests.

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"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.

Kim said during the meeting that the nuclear test site's mission had come "to an end" because the North had completed developing nuclear-capable intermediate-range missiles, ICBMs and other strike means. The North has been vowing to pursue nuclear development unless Washington removes its 28,500 troops from South Korea and the nuclear umbrella defending South Korea and Japan. It's still unclear, however, whether the North intends to scuttle all diplomacy or merely wants to gain leverage ahead of the planned June 12 talks between Kim and Trump.

It will mark the first summit between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

However, top North Korea defector ... has said the North would never completely give up its nuclear weapons.

North Korea pledged to close the testing ground after Kim last month declared the country's nuclear force complete and said it had no further need for the complex.

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