Nuclear test site to be dismantled this month
North Korea says it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks, in an event preluding leader Kim Jong Un’s summit with President Trump next month.
In a statement carried by state media, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said that all of the tunnels at the country’s northeastern testing ground will be destroyed by explosion, and that observation and research facilities and ground-based guard units will be removed.
“A ceremony for dismantling the nuclear test ground is now scheduled between May 23 and 25,” depending on the weather, the Foreign Ministry’s statement said.
Kim had already revealed plans to shut down the test site during his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month. Analysts say that although the closure of the site is important, it doesn’t represent a material step toward full denuclearization.