North Korea Starts to Dismantle Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

North Korea has started to dismantle the facilities of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in the north-east of the country. This is stated in a report published on Monday on the 38 NorthAmerican site of the US-based research group at the Johns Hopkins University.

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“Commercial satellite images reveal that the dismantling of the nuclear test site has already commenced, including various operational support buildings located near the northern, western and southern passages.” Additionally, according to experts, North Korea has also partially dismantled the rails of the trolleys, which lead from the tunnels.

Earlier on May 12, 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of North Korea announced in a public ceremony about the of closing the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. The office reported that the exact date of the ceremony will depend on the weather conditions. The Foreign Ministry explained that journalists from Russia, UK, China, the Republic of Korea and the United States will be invited to the ceremony.

The settlement to close the North Korean Nuclear Test Site was reached at the talks between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-no on April 27.