North Korea says it will dismantle nuclear test site next month: report

North Korea says it will dismantle nuclear test site next month: report
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North Korea is planning to shutter a nuclear test site in May ahead of a highly anticipated meeting between its leader Kim Jong Un and President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MOREThe Associated Press reported Saturday.

Pyongyang is also expected to reveal the process of dismantling the site to the U.S. and South Korea.

Kim reportedly made the decision known during talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday, according to the AP. At that meeting, the two committed to working toward the removal of nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula.


According to the report, Kim said the North would re-adjust its “Pyongyang Time” time zone to match South Korea's. North Korea created its own time zone in 2015, which lags 30 minutes behind the South.

When he meets with Trump, Kim said, the U.S. president would understand that he's “not a person” to lob missiles at the U.S.

The North announced last week that it would cease all nuclear tests and shutter its test sites in preparation for Kim and Trump's meeting, which is expected to take place in late May or sometime in June.

This isn't the first time North Korea has made moves to demonstrate its commitment to denuclearization efforts. The country blew up a 60-foot cooling tower at its main nuclear plant in June 2008, The New York Times reported. Still, some have interpreted that effort as more symbolic than influential.