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North Korea Begins Dismantling Nuclear Test Site - Reports

© AP Photo / Airbus Defense & Space/38 North/Pleiades CNES/Spot Image This satellite image released and notated by Airbus Defense & Space and 38 North on April 12, 2017, shows the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea
This satellite image released and notated by Airbus Defense & Space and 38 North on April 12, 2017, shows the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - North Korea has started the dismantlement of facilities at its only-know Punggye-ri nuclear test site, media reported citing satellite images from May 7.

According to the 38 North website, North Korea has already demolished several support buildings and removed some of the rails for mining carts.

Pyongyang said last week it would dismantle the site on May 23-25.

In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 photo, a pin of late North Korea leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and North Korea's flag are displayed on a North Korean reporter's jacket at the Main Media Center for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea - Sputnik International
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Meanwhile, South Korea's Ministry of Unification stated on Tuesday Pyongyang will invite South Korean reporters from one news agency and from one television broadcaster to observe the dismantling of a nuclear test site.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced the decommissioning of the Punggye-ri site during the summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in late April, saying that Pyongyang’s pursuit for nuclear weapons was complete so the test site was no longer needed.

The South Korean government welcomed earlier Pyongyang’s plans to dismantle its nuclear test site. The presidential office also said that the invitation of journalists from various countries meant that the dismantlement of nuclear site would be transparent.

Pyongyang decision to close its nuclear test site has also been praised by US President Donald Trump as a “smart” move.

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