North Korea Nuclear Test Site Will Be Dismantled by End of May, Authorities Say

North Korea plans to dismantle its nuclear testing facility, as it pledged, between May 23 and 25 based on the weather, its central news agency announced on Saturday.

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The statement, reported by the South China Morning Post, comes a couple days after President Donald Trump announced that he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a summit on June 12.

A dismantling "ceremony" will be held and journalists from the U.S., South Korea and elsewhere will be invited, Pyongyang said, to "show in a transparent manner the dismantlement of the northern nuclear test ground to be carried out." North Korea will be "opening territorial airspace" to welcome the reporters.

"The Nuclear Weapon Institute and other concerned institutions are taking technical measures for dismantling the northern nuclear test ground of the (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) in order to ensure transparency of discontinuance of the nuclear test," the announcement stated.

Taking apart North Korea's nuclear weapons testing site will entail closing down tunnels housing explosives, shutting out entrances and taking apart buildings with research and observation facilities, as well as security stands.

North Korea's announcement comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Kim at a joint news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and said, "If Chairman Kim chooses the right path there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity for the North Korean people."

"If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends," Pompeo said.

Kim revealed for the first time he planned to take down the nuclear test site during a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month. While North Korea's pledge to undo its test sites is considered huge progress, experts have also said that it is hard to verify Kim's word.

Trump announced Thursday that he will meet the North Korean leader in Singapore on June 12. "The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!" The president tweeted.

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