North Korea Has Already Begun Dismantling Its Nuclear Test Site, Satellite Photos Show

(From The Washington Examiner)

North Korean workers have already begun dismantling the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site in the northeastern part of the country ahead of a planned demolition ceremony in late May to be viewed by international observers, according to satellite imagery.

North Korea announced over the weekend that it would hold a ceremony to demolish tunnels leading into the site May 23-25, a move President Trump called “a very smart and gracious gesture.”

But experts working on behalf of the group 38 North who analyzed satellite photos said pictures taken April 30 and again on May 7 show work has already begun at the site, calling it “definitive evidence.”

Chinese scientists have speculated that North Korea’s offer to destroy the test site is merely for show, saying the site is no longer useful after repeated tests have partially collapsed the site’s Mount Mantap. The site has seen five of the country’s past six nuclear tests.

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