Washington, May 13: United States President Donald Trump lauded North Korea leader Kim Jong-un‘s decision to dismantle the Nuclear Test Site this month. Taking to Twitter, the US President termed the move as ‘smart’ and ‘gracious gesture’. “North Korea has announced that they will dismantle Nuclear Test Site this month, ahead of the big Summit Meeting on June 12th. Thank you, a very smart and gracious gesture,” he tweeted.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in a press release on Saturday, claimed that a ceremony for dismantling the nuclear test ground is scheduled between May 23 and 25, depending on weather condition. “In accordance with the decision of the Third Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the Nuclear Weapon Institute and other concerned institutions are taking technical measures for dismantling the northern nuclear test ground of the DPRK in order to ensure transparency of discontinuance of the nuclear test,” the statement reportedly read.
Further it has been mentioned in the release that not only the local press but also journalists of other countries will be allowed to conduct on the spot coverage to show in a transparent manner the dismantlement of the northern nuclear test ground.
Earlier on May 10, the US President had announced that he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore for a historic meeting to discuss the denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula. “The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!,” Trump tweeted.
Trump’s announcement came hours after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned home from North Korea with three detained Americans.
The summit, which has been in the works since Trump accepted Kim’s invitation to meet in March, will be the first ever meeting between a sitting US president and North Korean leader.