Kim Jong-un to BLOW UP North Korea nuclear test site

Donald Trump says North Korea is'very smart for planning to close nuclear site

North Korea has begun dismantling the country's only known nuclear test site, according to satellite photos, following through on a promise made by leader Kim Jong-un ahead of his meeting with Donald Trump.

It said several key operational support buildings, located just outside the north, west and south tunnel portals, had been razed, while some of the rails for mining carts, which had led from the tunnels to their respective spoil piles, had apparently been removed.

"Dismantlement of the nuclear test ground will be done in the following sequence-making all tunnels of the test ground collapse by explosion; completely blocking entries; removing all observation facilities, research institutes and structures of guard units on the ground", the ministry said in a statement released through the state run Korean Central News Agency.

North Korea has carried out six underground nuclear tests-including the last and most powerful one in September 2017-at the Punggye-ri site.

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are set to meet June 12 in Singapore for the first ever summit between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.

It comes ahead of a historic U.S.

Bolton said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" that North Korea should not "look for economic aid from us".

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South Korea's mass-circulation JoongAng Ilbo daily said in an editorial Monday that "it is regrettable that North Korea did not invite nuclear experts to the destruction of the test site".

The North has said it needs nuclear weapons to counter what it believes is a USA effort to strangle its economy and overthrow the Kim government.

Seoul's Ministry of Unification said Tuesday that Pyongyang had invited eight South Korean reporters to the event.

"Every single site that the North Koreans have that can inflict risk on the American people that is destroyed, eliminated, dismantled is good news for the American people and for the world", he said on "Fox News Sunday". That's what the president is going to say, ' he said. "The U.S. doesn't want a gradual dismantling this time, like they did in withdrawing the nuclear deal in Iran".

The summit, which has been in the works since Trump accepted Kim's invitation to meet in March, will be the first meeting between a sitting United States president and North Korean leader.

Worldwide journalists will be invited to conduct "on-the-spot coverage in order to show in a transparent manner" how the nuclear site is being put out of use, with a dismantlement "ceremony" scheduled for as early as May 23, depending on weather, the news agency said. "I don't understand why North Korea is so rushed for it". Also, note that the focus on ICBMs would mean that the US safeguards its own population at the cost of accepting a North Korea nuclear capacity which covers all of South Korea and Japan.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un previously announced the conclusion of North Korea's nuclear testing program and the intended shuttering of the Punggye-ri complex.

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