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Offbeat North Korea to make a show of nuclear test site shutdown

02:00  23 may  2018
02:00  23 may  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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The reason we are here is to witness North Korea shutting down its nuclear testing site . That site is in a very mountainous part of the country and we are told we may begin the journey there Tuesday night. The trip will take 11 hours on a very slow moving train, four hours in a bus and then a one-hour

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a large white building: Airport in Wonsan, North Korea © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Airport in Wonsan, North Korea

About two dozen journalists from the U.S., U.K., China and Russia arrived in North Korea on Tuesday to witness the planned dismantling of the isolated country's primary nuclear test site. CBS News is the only U.S. broadcast network in North Korea to witness the shutdown of the Punggye-ri site in the northeast of the coutry.

The highly publicized dismantling of the plant, and the invites to foreign journalists to witness it, comes as North Korea lashes out at the U.S. and South Korea over long-scheduled joint military exercises, and at the U.S. for taking credit for the diplomatic breakthrough. Remarks by senior members of the Trump administration about how any theoretical denuclearization of North Korea could play out also angered the Kim regime last week.

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North Korea has said it will start dismantling its nuclear test site this week, in a ceremony to be attended by foreign journalists. But what would it take for the country to truly "denuclearise"? In the mountainous north -east of North Korea lies Pyongyang's nuclear test facility - the Punggye-ri

' North Korea has announced that they will dismantle Nuclear Test Site this month, ahead of the big Kim had revealed plans to shut down the nuclear test site during his summit with South Korean Satellite images taken in April 2017 show the mountainous landscape around the nuclear test site

A new North Korean state media commentary out Tuesday morning reads in part: "dialogue and saber-rattling can never go together" and will "chill the atmosphere" before the planned June 12 summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Timeline of North Korea's nuclear tests

Inside North Korea's aiport in Wonsan: ctm-0522-north-korea-airport-ben-tracy-woman-newspapers.jpg © CBS News ctm-0522-north-korea-airport-ben-tracy-woman-newspapers.jpg CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy offers a firsthand account from inside North Korea, ahead of the scheduled trip to Punggye-ri:

We have just landed in Wonsan, North Korea. This is on the country's east coast and as you can see back over here this is a massive and modern airport. They have spent a lot of money here because they are trying to turn this part of North Korea into an international tourist destination The North Koreans built this airport a couple of years ago but it's really never been used, so all of this is being done for our arrival -- the people who are working, the magazines, the North Korean flags they are selling. Once we leave we assume most of this will be shut down. The reason we are here is to witness North Korea shutting down its nuclear testing site. That site is in a very mountainous part of the country and we are told we may begin the journey there Tuesday night. The trip will take 11 hours on a very slow moving train, four hours in a bus and then a one-hour hike to the site. We don't yet know if, in addition to journalists, North Korea has invited in any experts to witness what they claim is the closure of this nuclear facility.

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SEOUL— North Korea said it would shut down its nuclear test site by May and take steps to demonstrate the closure to the world, South Korea ’s presidential office said Sunday, adding to momentum for a deal on the regime’s nuclear program after last week’s historic talks between the two

North Korea says it will begin dismantling its nuclear test site in less than two weeks in a ceremony attended by foreign journalists. Pyongyang said it was taking "technical measures" to carry out the process between 23-25 May, North Korean state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.

In the U.S., President Trump will meet on Tuesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Moon, who arrived in the U.S. Monday night, is expected to do damage control with the June summit between Mr. Trump and Kim in question. This will be the third time the two leaders speak in person.

The Trump administration has said, as far as it is concerned, the meeting is still on planned.

What does "denuclearization" mean for North Korea?

There has been skepticism that Kim Jong Un is actually willing to give up his country's nuclear weapons program, and speculation that the dismantling of Punggye-ri was an inevitable outcome regardless of the diplomatic process with the United States; in late April scientists said it appeared very likely that previous nuclear tests there had caused a mountain over the site to collapse, rendering it useless.

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