Between May 23 and 25, North Korea has said it will dismantle its nuclear test site in front of the world’s press. The ill-fated Punggye-ri nuclear test site has been the location of every known nuclear test conducted by North Korea.
Punggye-ri is built into Mount Mantap in the northern part of the country near the border with China. Reporters from the US, South Korea, China, Russia, and Britain have all been invited to watch the destruction of the facility.
North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb at the site in September 2017 that was estimated to be at least 10 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. Following the detonation, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake followed by a 4.6-magnitude earthquake struck the region.
The second earthquake could have been a collapse of the site and the many tunnels that run through the mountain test site. The University of Science and Technology of China believes that the collapse may have made the site too unstable for further testing.
The dismantling of the nuclear test site is just one of the many steps that Kim Jong Un and North Korea have taken to move towards a peaceful resolution to the conflict and tension that have surrounded the country for decades.
Earlier this month, North Korea also released three Americans who had been held prisoner in North Korea.
On June 12, a historic summit between the United States and North Korea is scheduled to take place in Singapore. It will be the first time a sitting US president has ever met with the leader of North Korea.
“I really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful,” said President Donald Trump.
Last month, Kim Jong Un met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in where the two formally agreed on a peace treaty that ended the Korean War and removing nuclear weapons from the peninsula. However, the agreement did not include specific details on how this would be carried out.