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N Korea to destroy nuclear site ahead of US summit

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Sceptics warn that Pyongyang has yet to make any public commitment to give up its arsenal.

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AFP, Seoul :
North Korea will destroy its nuclear test site later this month, ahead of a summit with the United States, it said Saturday, pledging to blow up its tunnels in front of invited foreign media.
US President Donald Trump praised the North's decision to dismantle the Punggye-ri test site in a ceremony scheduled between May 23-25, the latest step in leader Kim Jong Un's charm offensive."Thank you, a very smart and gracious gesture!" Trump tweeted.
Dialogue brokered by Seoul has seen US-North Korea relations go from trading personal insults and threats of war last year to a summit between Kim and Trump due in Singapore on June 12.
But sceptics warn that Pyongyang has yet to make any public commitment to give up its arsenal, which includes missiles capable of reaching the United States.
Washington is seeking the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation" of the North and stresses that verification will be key.
Punggye-ri, in the northeast of the country, has hosted all six of the North's nuclear tests, the latest and by far the most powerful in September last year, which Pyongyang said was an H-bomb.
Kim has declared the development of the North's nuclear force complete and that it had no further need for the site.
The latest measures will see the tunnels of the test site blown up and their entrances completely blocked, Pyongyang's foreign ministry said, according to the official KCNA news agency. All observation facilities and research institutes would be removed, along with guards, it said, "and the surrounding area of the test ground be completely closed". Reporters from China, Russia, the United States, Britain and South Korea would be allowed to cover the event on site to show it "in a transparent manner".
Limits on foreign journalists were due to space constraints, it said, as the site was in an "uninhabited deep mountain area".
South Korea welcomed the announcement, which signalled the North's willingness to carry out its pledges "not just in words but in action".
"We hope the sound of the dynamite blowing up the tunnels at Punggye-ri will be the first salute in our journey towards a nuclear-free Korean peninsula," the South's presidential spokesman said. Analysts said the move was positive but limited in its scope.
It was "not bad, but a cost-free signal", tweeted MIT political science professor Vipin Narang.
Given the stage it had already reached, Pyongyang "may feel like they don't need to test anything for a while", he said.
Jeffrey Lewis, of the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, expected that the North "will sanitise the site before letting anyone see it".
Saturday's announcement is the latest move in a rapid sequence of events on the Korean peninsula triggered by the Winter Olympics in the South.
Tensions had been mounting for years as Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes saw it subjected to multiple rounds of increasingly strict sanctions by the UN Security Council, the US, EU, South Korea and others, and Trump last year threatened the North with "fire and fury".
But since the Pyeongchang Games, Pyongyang and Washington have agreed to the unprecedented Singapore meeting, and Kim has twice visited China to meet President Xi Jinping, after not paying respects in the six years since he inherited power from his father.

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