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North Korea announces dismantling of nuclear test site

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announced on Saturday that it will hold a ceremony for the dismantling of its on May 23-25, taking a step forward towards the denuclearisation of the

"In accordance with the decision of the Third Plenary Meeting of the of the (WPK), the and other concerned institutions are taking technical measures to dismantle the northern nuclear test ground of in order to ensure transparency of discontinuance of the nuclear test," cited quoting the as saying.

"A ceremony for dismantling the nuclear test ground is now scheduled between May 23 and May 25, depending on weather condition," the statement said.

The ruling WPK said that the country will close its nuclear test ground and suspend missile tests in order to concentrate all the nation's efforts on economic construction, during a plenary session chaired by the country's top Un last month.

pledged to achieve complete denuclearisation of the at a summit between Kim and South Korean Moon Jae-in in the truce village Panmunjom on April 27.

The of said on April 29 that during the summit, Kim told Moon that he will shut down the and show the process to the world.

said on Saturday that it will detonate explosives in all tunnels of the test ground, completely block entrances, remove all observation facilities, research institutes and structures of units at the test-facility.

"In parallel with dismantlement of the nuclear test ground, guards and researchers will be withdrawn and the surrounding area of the test ground be completely closed," the statement said.

Foreign journalists will be allowed to conduct on-location coverage, which the says will show transparency.

"In due consideration of small space of the test ground, journalists from other countries will be confined to those from China, Russia, the United States, the and South Korea," said the statement.

"All journalists will be provided with a charter flight from to Wonsan," it said.

Saturday's announcement came ahead of a scheduled summit between Kim and US in on June 12.



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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 03:30 IST