North Korea to CLOSE Punggye-ri NUCLEAR test site in May as WW3 fears subside | World | News

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Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met at Peace House in the border truce village of Panmunjom to discuss a peace settlement, an improvement to inter-Korea relations, and nuclear disarmament.

North Korea’s previous five nuclear tests were carried out at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, with the September 2017 test causing a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in the vicinity.

After the latest test the mountain site collapsed.

This led to the creation of a massive ‘chimney’ which Chinese scientists warn could allow radioactive fallout to rise into the air from the blast zone beneath the mountain.

Wen Lianxing, a geologist at the University of Science and Technology in Hefei, said: “It is necessary to continue monitoring possible leaks of radioactive materials caused by the collapse incident.”

The South Korean President’s spokesman Yoon Young-chan also said North Korea plans to adjust its current time zone to match that of South Korea.

North Korea formed ‘Pyongyang Time’ in 2015 by setting its clocks 30 minutes behind the South.

Donald Trump also expressed his joy after North and South Korea reaffirmed their goal of moving towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

The US leader had a phone call with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in late Saturday.

Moon and Trump agreed on the need for an early summit between Trump and Kim, and explored two to three potential locations, the Blue House said.

Trump said his discussion with Moon was a “long and very good talk”, and suggested his summit with Kim would take place in the next three to four weeks.

At a campaign rally in Michigan, Trump commented on the potential meeting saying: “It’s going be a very important meeting, the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.”

The White House said Trump and Moon during the call “emphasised that a peaceful and prosperous future for North Korea is contingent upon its complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation”.

North Korean state media KCNA echoed this statement when commenting on the inter-Korea summit, saying: “At the talks both sides had a candid and open-hearted exchange of views on the matters of mutual concern including the issues of improving the North-South relations, ensuring peace on the Korean Peninsula and the denuclearisation of the peninsula.”

It added that the summit which concluded with a dinner had an “amicable atmosphere overflowing with feelings of blood relatives”.

Kim is the first North Korean leader to step foot in South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War.

Upon meeting Moon for the first time, the two leaders smiled and shook hands after which Kim gestured to Moon to cross over to North Korea briefly, which they did for a few steps, then returned to the South, holding hands.

The communist leader wrote in the guest visitor book at Peace House: “New history starts now; age of peace, from the starting point of history.”

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