North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who was supposed to meet the American President Donald Trump on 12th June in Singapore had taken a step forward. He fulfilled his promise by blasting the nuclear testing sites. North Korea has blown up its nuclear test site in a series of huge explosions at a ceremony watched by international journalists ahead of a proposed summit with the US next month.
Punggye-ri is located in the remote, mountainous northeastern section of the country. The test site is believed to have been established in the early 2000s and became widely known following the North’s first nuclear test in 2006. The smattering of journalists from the U.S., U.K., South Korea, China, and Russia took a reported 20-hour journey by train and bus from Wonsan, on North Korea’s east coast, to get to Punggye-ri for the nuclear site dismantlement.
North Korea’s most recent test, in September of last year, was so large that experts have speculated it may have collapsed part of the primary tunnel at Punggye-ri. Some analysts think that the explosion might have rendered the entire site unusable, but Pabian doubts that’s the case.
While demolishing the Punggye-ri test tunnels may not be much of a setback for the North’s nuclear program, it does send a clear message to the world. North Korea committed to this gesture following the April 27 inter-Korean summit, where the leaders of the two Koreas signed a joint agreement calling for a “nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.”
American President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Kim in Singapore on June 12, and this destruction increases the momentum in favor of that meeting.
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