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Kim Jong-un reveals closing date of his nuclear test range

NORTH KOREA (OBSERVATORY) – After announcing a moratorium on nuclear tests and intercontinental missile fire, the North Korean leader unveiled the closure date for the Punggye-ri site, where North Korea conducted its six tests between 2006 and 2017.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un proposed closing its atomic testing site in May and inviting US experts to the country. This promise was relayed Sunday by the South Korean presidency after a historic inter-Korean summit.

“Mr. Kim said during the summit with President Moon that he will shut down the site in May and that he will soon invite experts from South Korea and the United States as well as journalists for to reveal the process to the international community in a transparent way,” said Yoon Young-chan, the spokesperson for the Blue House, the South Korean presidency.

“If we see ourselves often [with Washington], if we build trust, end the war and finally we are promised that there will be no invasion, why would we live with nuclear weapons?” Yoon Young-chan said, citing Kim Jong-un’s words.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced on April 21 a moratorium on nuclear tests and intercontinental missile fire, as well as the closure of the Punggye-ri site , where North Korea conducted its six tests between 2006 and 2017, recalls AFP.

The sixth and last North Korean nuclear test, the most powerful to date, had on September 3rd generated a seismic shock of a magnitude 6.3 that had been felt as far as China. Pyongyang claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb.

Two studies involving Chinese experts reveal that a magnitude-4.1 aftershock that occurred eight minutes after the test had caused a rock collapse inside Mantap Mountain, under which the tests had been conducted.