North Korea demolishes nuclear test site as international journalists watch

Published: 25th May 2018 09:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th May 2018 10:08 AM  

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish his country's nuclear test site. IN PIC: Smoke and debris rise in the air as barracks buildings for guards and tunneling workers at North Korea's nuclear test site are blown up at Punggye-ri of the country's North Hamgyong Province. (Photo | AP)
The blasts were centered on three tunnels at the underground site and a number of buildings in the surrounding area. IN PIC: A guard stands at the doors of the west tunnel at North Korea's nuclear test site shortly before the tunnel was to be blown up during a media tour of dismantling the test site at Punggye-ri. (Photo | AP)
North Korea held a closing ceremony afterward with officials from its nuclear arms program in attendance. IN PIC: Deputy Director of North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Institute, who would not give his name, briefs reporters about the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear test site. (Photo | AP)
Kim Jong Un announced his plan to close the site, where North Korea has conducted all six of its underground nuclear tests, ahead of a summit with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in in April and the planned summit with Trump next month. (Photo | AP)
North Korea's state media called the closure of the site part of a process to build 'a nuclear-free, peaceful world' and 'global nuclear disarmament.' IN PIC: People watch TV news showing an image of the dismantling of the nuclear test site at the Seoul Railway Station, South Korea. (Photo | AP)
The group of journalists that witnessed the demolition, which touched off landslides near the tunnel entrances and sent up clouds of smoke and dust. (Photo | AP)
North Korea said the demolition did not cause any leakage of radioactive materials or have any 'adverse impact on the surrounding ecological environment.' The journalists were allowed to stay at the site for about nine hours. IN PIC: Command post facilities for North Korea's nuclear test site before it was to be blown up. (Photo | AP)
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