North Korea begins dismantling its nuclear silo

North Korea begins dismantling its nuclear silo

North Korea begins dismantling its nuclear silo

North Korea has started to dismantle the facilities of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in the north-east of the country.

North Korea has said it will dismantle its nuclear test site between May 23 and May 25, to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests, its state media reported on Saturday, a month ahead of a planned North Korea-U.S. summit in Singapore.

North Korea will join global efforts to ban nuclear tests, its ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Han Tae Song, told the Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday. These breakthroughs reflect the effectiveness of diplomacy, when it is done right. Kim has already met his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in in April this year in a historic summit where the two leaders signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula.

Some key facilities remain intact and the tunnel entrances remain open, however.

North Korea has carried out all of its six nuclear tests to date at the Punggye-ri site, starting in 2006 and continuing until the most recent and powerful one in September past year.

The United States is prepared to offer North Korea security assurances if it makes the strategic choice to give up its nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.

Pyongyang has said it does not need nuclear weapons if the security of its regime is guaranteed. There were reports the site had collapsed and was unusable, but Kim himself reportedly dismissed those claims, saying "we have two more tunnels that are bigger than the existing ones and that they are in good condition".

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Pompeo and other U.S. officials have repeatedly said they are seeking North Korea's permanent verifiable denuclearization, while North Korean officials have said that they have already achieved their nuclear objectives.

Bolton said the U.S. side also will discuss not just North Korea's nuclear and missile programs but its chemical and biological weapons arsenal as well.

"Thank you, a very smart and gracious gesture!"

North Korea's foreign ministry has said it will invite foreign journalist to witness the decommissioning of the site at Punggye-ri. This is what y consider to be experts of 38North specialized page following material obtained on May 7, approximately one week after Kim Jong-Un announced closure of base where six nuclear tests have been carried out.

"The returnees have been reunited with their families".

And Pompeo said he believed Kim Jong Un shares the same objectives as America, with the summit task, therefore, being for Trump and Kim to "meet to validate the process by which this would go forward, to set out those markers so that we can negotiate this outcome".

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