North Korea to dismantle nuclear test site; 'Thank you', says Donald Trump

  • North Korea to dismantle nuclear test site; 'Thank you', says Donald Trump

North Korea to dismantle nuclear test site; 'Thank you', says Donald Trump

Reporters from China, the United States, Russia, South Korea and Britain would be allowed to cover the nuclear test site to show its dismantlement in a transparent manner, the statement read.

Pyongyang said that it will detonate explosives in all tunnels of the test ground, completely block entrances, remove all observation facilities, research institutes and structures of guard units at the test-facility.

Donald Trump lauded N Korea's move to destroy its nuclear test site and called it "smart" and "gracious".

The ruling Democratic Party on Sunday welcomed North Korea's announcement of a detailed plan to dismantle its nuclear test site as a first step toward complete denuclearization, while the main opposition Liberty Korea Party downplayed it as nothing new.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday had said that if North Korea agreed to surrender its nuclear arms, Washington would work with Pyongyang to rebuild its impoverished economy.

North Korea said journalists from other countries, including the US and South Korea, will be invited to cover the event, to "show in a transparent manner the dismantlement of the northern nuclear test ground to be carried out".

Kim said that South Korea hopes the sound of dynamite blowing up the Punggye-ri tunnels will be a gun salute in a journey toward a Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons.

Experts have said the pledge to dismantle the test site is a big step forward but verifying it will be hard.