Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

North Korea plans to join efforts to ban all nuclear weapons tests

North Korea plans to join efforts to ban all nuclear weapons tests

Han Tae Song told the conference in Geneva on Tuesday that the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea will be dismantled within 10 days.

Han did not explicitly mention the Comprehensive nuclear Test-Ban Treaty aimed at introducing that total ban.

North Korea is one of three countries known to possess nuclear weapons but have not signed the treaty, along with India and Pakistan.

According to researchers, the demolition began with the least-significant objects, and the more important buildings and structures remain in place.

In a move welcomed by Washington and Seoul, North Korea said at the weekend it will "completely" destroy the Punggye-ri test site, in a ceremony scheduled between May 23-25 in front of invited foreign media.

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"But of course this sudden change in the DPRK's position, just months after they have conducted a test, will bring accusations of hypocrisy from some quarters".

The CTBT is a multilateral treaty that bans all nuclear tests, for both civilian and military purposes.

North Korea has expressed intent to join global efforts on fully banning nuclear tests.

Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump are set to sit down and discuss North Korea's denuclearization on June 12 in Singapore, Trump revealed last week.

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