North Korea vows to de­stroy its nu­clear test site ahead of his­toric meet­ing with Trump

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - ROYAL FAKE PHOTOS FURORE - By Mark Wood

NORTH Korean dic­ta­tor Kim Jong-un last night promised to shut his regime’s nu­clear test site be­fore the end of the month, just weeks ahead of his sum­mit with Don­ald Trump.

The move fol­lows in­tense diplo­macy be­tween the rogue state, the US and South Korea.

It also comes in the wake of claims that a large part of the un­der­ground Pung­gye-ri test site caved in fol­low­ing a test in Septem­ber 2017, mak­ing it vir­tu­ally un­us­able.

An an­nounce­ment re­leased by the coun­try’s of­fi­cial news agency said: ‘The Nu­clear Weapon In­sti­tute and other con­cerned in­sti­tu­tions are tak­ing tech­ni­cal mea­sures for dis­man­tling the north­ern nu­clear test ground of the DPRK (Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea) in or­der to en­sure trans­parency of dis­con­tin­u­ance of the nu­clear test.’

It said the dis­man­tling would take place be­tween May 23 and 25 de­pend­ing on weather con­di­tions. All tun­nels will be blown up, the en­trances blocked, and ob­ser­va­tion fa­cil­i­ties, re­search build­ings and se­cu­rity posts re­moved.

The state­ment came hours af­ter US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo, who made a brief visit to Py­ongyang last week, said Amer­ica was pre­pared to aid eco­nomic growth in the coun­try, if it gets rid of nu­clear weapons. He said: ‘If North Korea takes bold ac­tion to quickly de­nu­cle­arise, the United States is pre­pared to work with North Korea to achieve pros­per­ity on the par with our South Korean friends.’

Mr Trump is to meet Kim Jongun in Singapore on June 12, which will be the first-ever meet­ing be­tween a sit­ting US pres­i­dent and the leader of North Korea. Kim Jong-un has also re­leased three Amer­i­can pris­on­ers and held talks with South Korea’s leader Moon Jae In.

Of­fi­cials in Seoul had said North Korea planned to in­vite ex­perts and jour­nal­ists from the US and South Korea for the shut­down of its test site.

A fac­tor in North Korea’s nu­clear weapons move could be the coun­try’s strug­gle against star­va­tion. A UN chief re­cently given ‘un­prece­dented ac­cess’ to North Korea dis­cov­ered vil­lagers us­ing me­dieval farm­ing meth­ods to grow food.

test: A North Korean launch in 2017

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