North Korea gives date for nuclear area closure

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The Central Committee of the Korean Workers’ Party has ruled that the North Korean nuclear complex, Punggye-ri, will be closed between May 23 and 25, local media reports.

The plan is to completely destroy the entrance to the polygon and adjacent premises. In addition, all investigators and guards will also be removed from the area.

According to KCNA , the event will be attended by journalists from South Korea, China, USA, UK and Russia.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) agency explained that the international journalists will be offered to arrive in the North Korean city of Wonsan by a special flight from Beijing. From Beijing they will then be transported to Punggye-ri. It is from here that they will be able to report about the process of the nuclear test site destruction for later publication.

The dismantling of the site will involve the destruction of all its tunnels with explosives, blocking its entrances and transferring all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts.

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Moreover, other media, for example the South Korean Yonhap , report that Pyongyang has significantly reduced the size of its annual armored unit parade.

One of the most striking moments was the absence of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, at the tank firing event, because he has a tradition of attending such military events.

“Last week, the North Korean army held a parade for its armored units, and according to our calculations, the number of sub-units involved and equipment has declined a lot over the past year. We came to know that Kim Jong-un attended,” the agency said, citing a source in the South Korean government.

The parade is usually held in the first half of the year in the border territories between the Koreas. It is, in fact, an imitation of military operations and the largest maneuvers of mechanized units of the North Korean army.

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