Offbeat North Korea to dismantle nuclear test site May 23-25: state media

16:55  12 may  2018
16:55  12 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Dismantling North Korea nukes would be cost hundreds of millions, take years to complete

  Dismantling North Korea nukes would be cost hundreds of millions, take years to complete If President Trump is successful in convincing Kim Jong Un to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons program the undertaking would be unprecedented in its size and complexity, analysts say. “This would be the biggest undertaking by the international community when it comes to denuclearization or disarmament,” said Olli Heinonen, an arms control expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a national security think-tank.If Trump and Kim reach an agreement, the process could take years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars, Heinonen said.

Image copyright DigitalGlobe. Image caption A satellite image of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea . Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi agreed with Western powers in 2003 to dismantle his programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.

North Korea ’s state media had said before the summit that Pyongyang would immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests , scrap its nuclear test site and instead pursue economic growth and peace.

In this Friday, April 20, 2018, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea. © Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP In this Friday, April 20, 2018, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korea has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear test site for sometime between May 23 and 25 depending on weather conditions in order to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests, state media said on Saturday.

The country's central news agency said the dismantlement of the nuclear test ground would involve collapsing all of its tunnels with explosions, blocking its entrances and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts.

Journalists from other countries, including the United States and South Korea, will be invited to cover the event.

(Reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by Alexander Smith)

Foreign media head to N.Korea to witness nuclear site shutdown .
A group of roughly two dozen journalists from Western and Chinese news organizations departed for North Korea on Tuesday to witness the closure of its nuclear test site. Journalists from the Associated Press, CNN, CBS, Russia Today and Chinese state media outlets were among those seen checking in at Beijing Capital International Airport to catch a 9:00 a.m. (0100 GMT) Air Koryo flight, which took off at 9:48 a.m., according to the airport's website.

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