DPRK to dismantle nuclear test ground

Added On May 13, 2018

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will hold a ceremony for the dismantling of its nuclear test site on May 23-25, taking a step forward towards denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. 

DPRK's Foreign Ministry announced the decision in a statement published by the official Korean Central News Agency on Saturday.

The statement added that dates for the ceremony would be weather dependent.

Pyongyang pledged to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula at a summit between DPRK's top leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the truce village Panmunjom on April 27.

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

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

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday praised Pyongyang's announcement to dismantle its nuclear test site, saying it was "a very smart and gracious gesture."  

DPRK's announcement came ahead of a scheduled summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12.