North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced plans to dismantle their nuclear testing site, just weeks before Donald Trump is set to meet with Kim Jong Un to discuss the possibility of bringing his country’s nuclear program to an end. In a statement published by state media, the nation signaled their intention to ensure that “all tunnels of the test ground collapse by explosion” sometime between May 23 and May 25.
“In parallel with dismantlement of the nuclear test ground, guards and researchers will be withdrawn and the surrounding area of the test ground be completely closed,” the statement added. Trump took a break from his incessant tweets where he either comes to the defense of his shady personal lawyer Michael Cohen and bashes the prior decisions Barack Obama made as President of the United States to comment on South Korea’s announcement, calling it a “very smart and gracious gesture.”
This past week, Trump revealed that his much talked about the summit with Kim in Singapore would be held on June 12 after South Korea released three prisoners, who are American citizens of Korean ancestry. Trump claims that they were freed following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to the country.
Both sides will speak next month on specifics on the parameters of a deal that revolves around a “complete denuclearization” by North Korea in exchange for the United States’s word that they will not invade their country.