North Korea’s nuclear test site Tom Cheshire (@chesh) from Sky News was invited by the North Korean regime to witness the demolition and closure of what the country says is its nuclear weapons test site in Punggye-ri. Here was his experience
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North Korea says it is still willing to sit down with the U.S. “at any time” after President Trump. North Korean state media called Thursday’s decision “unexpected” and “extremely regrettable.”
Before Mr. Trump’s move, North Korea set off a series of massive explosions at the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site in the northeast of the country, and claimed the facility was destroyed. CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy was the, among a small group of international journalists.
North Korea’s nuclear test site
It was widely seen as an important step in the process before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was to sit down with President Trump. Just hours before the summit was canceled, North Korea claimed it had made good on its promise to destroy the Punggye-ri facility — and its broader commitment to peace.
The regime had been testing its nuclear weapons at Punggye-ri since 2006. Until this week, however, we had only ever seen the highly secretive location from satellite photos. On Thursday, Tracy was among the journalists allowed to tour the facility before it was blown up.
Tunnel No. 2 is where the North Koreans conducted five of their six nuclear tests over the last couple years. Tracy and his team were shown how explosives were strung up inside the entrance to the tunnel.
Some outside scientists have said the nuclear site was already so badly damaged by previous tests that it was no longer usable. But during the nine hours we were led around the grounds, North Korean officials stressed that two of the tunnels were still operational and that destroying them is a real concession.