North Korea says that it will dismantle its nuclear test site this month

Screenshot of Mount Mantap, the location of North Korea’s nuclear test sit Image: Google Maps

North Korea’s official news agency has reported that the country has scheduled the demolition of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site ahead of talks with the United States next month. Reuters reports that official Korean Central New Agency says that the site will be decommissioned between May 23rd and 25th, which would include “collapsing all of its tunnels with explosions, blocking its entrances,” and shutting down all of its observation and security facilities. The announcement comes ahead of scheduled talks between US President Donald Trump and DPRK Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12th. State media says that foreign journalists will be invited to witness the decommissioning.  When North Korea tested a nuclear device on September 3rd, 2017, the explosion sent vibrations shuddering through the Earth. About 45 minutes later, a ringing phone in Vienna, Austria, woke seismologist Ezekiel Jonathan just as the sun was beginning to rise. In April, North Korea said that it would pause its nuclear program, although experts weren’t convinced that it was a significant move: the country had halted its missile testing program between 1999 and 2006, and had shuttered and restarted the plant used to produce plutonium. Experts also noted that it’s possible that Kim Jong-Un could be pleased with success of the program, meaning that no further testing is needed. Others noted that the declaration made for good propaganda in advance of the upcoming talks. The country conducted six nuclear tests between 2006 and September 2017, and claimed that final test was a hydrogen bomb. That blast was the largest conducted by the country, and was so powerful that it dropped Mount Mantap by about a foot and a half and pushed it 12 feet sideways. Given the power of that blast, it’s entirely possible that that test could have rendered the test site useless, meaning that it’s possible that the country isn’t giving up anything by publicly dismantling it.  Nick Note: Its amazing are people that stupid? Lets see if we can suss this out. You dig a mine shaft under a mountain. And you then put at the bottom of that shaft a thermal nuclear weapon. You blow up the mountain. Its collapsing and highly radioactive. Then you tell President Einstein hell yes we will “dismantle”  the implode mountain that is now a radiation death zone and about to collapse releasing a radioactive dust cloud.. And said President call that progress to HA HA HA nuclear Dismantlement. Trump does not care as long as he get the press coverage and a peace prize from that plastic explosive company.. Holy Shit! hello the sight has been destroyed their is nothing left and nothing to dismantle. Maybe they can roll up some of the test sensor  cable that was not melted…… .I know maybe he can partner with Trump JR. And build a golf course on the radioactive ruble.