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North Korea Reportedly Wants A Public Shutdown Of A Nuclear Test Site

The North reportedly plans to invite experts and journalists to witness the shutdown in May.
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North Korea Reportedly Wants A Public Shutdown Of A Nuclear Test Site

North Korea is inviting the public to witness the shutdown of its nuclear testing site in May. The decision was made in pursuit of transparency, according to South Korean officials.

A statement Sunday said, "To make the dismantling process transparent, [Kim Jong-un] agreed to invite experts and journalists from Korea and the U.S. to the North."

The move is a step toward building trust in the North's promises. The country has a long history of suggesting it would denuclearize in exchange for aid or relaxed sanctions and then continuing its nuclear efforts.

Kim also reportedly hopes a public viewing will dispel claims that the site being shut down was already inoperable.

The announcement comes before a planned meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump, which could happen in as little as three weeks, according to Trump.