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North Korea allows South Korean journalists to cover nuclear​ test closing

North Korea had earlier refused to allow South Korean journalists into the country to witness the event, raising worries about the prospect for recently improving ties.

Published: 23rd May 2018 12:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd May 2018 12:17 PM   |  A+A-

This file photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, ICBM, in North Korea's northwest, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo.  ( Photo | AP )

Seoul's Unification Ministry said North Korea accepted the list of eight South Koreans to attend via a cross-border communication channel. ( Photo | AP )

By Associated Press

SEOUL: Seoul says North Korea has allowed South Korean journalists to join the small group of foreign media being allowed to cover the dismantling of its nuclear test site.

North Korea had earlier refused to allow South Korean journalists into the country to witness the event, raising worries about the prospect for recently improving ties.

Their exclusion followed Pyongyang cutting off high-level contact with Seoul to protest joint US-South Korean military exercises.

The dismantling of the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site is expected to happen between Wednesday and Friday depending on weather.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said North Korea accepted the list of eight South Koreans to attend via a cross-border communication channel.

A special flight was to take the journalists to North Korea later Wednesday.

The other journalists had arrived Tuesday.

 



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