The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is set to close its Punggye-ri nuclear site in May and publicly dismantle it, Yonhap reported, citing the presidential office of the Republic of Korea (ROK) on Sunday.
The DPRK leader Kim Jong Un said there is no need to have nukes if the US “formally ends war” and promised nonaggression, according to the report.
The DPRK’s leader Kim Jong Un (L) speaks as the ROK’s President Moon Jae-in (C) listens during the official dinner at the end of their historic summit at the truce village of Panmunjom, April 27, 2018 (Source: VCG Photo)
The Blue House said Kim promised to invite US experts and journalists to watch the closure of the country’s nuclear test site next month, the ROK’s presidential office said Sunday.
“Kim said… that he would carry out the closing of the nuclear test site in May, and would soon invite experts of South Korea (ROK ) and the US to disclose the process to the international community with transparency,” Seoul’s presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan revealed.
“Kim said the US feels repulsive about us, but once we talk, they will realize that I am not a person who will fire a nuclear weapon at the South (ROK) or the US or target the US,” according to Yoon.
“If we meet often (with the US), build trust, end the war and eventually are promised no invasion, why would we live with the nuclear weapons?”
Kim made the comment during Friday’s historic summit with Moon, said the spokesman.
The Punggye-ri nuclear site is the only known nuclear test site of the DPRK where six nuclear tests have been conducted.