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Inside North Korea’s nuclear take a look at web site demolition present

North Korea says it’s nonetheless keen to sit down down with the U.S. “at any time” after President Trump cancelled subsequent month’s deliberate summit. North Korean state media referred to as Thursday’s choice “surprising” and “extraordinarily regrettable.”

Earlier than Mr. Trump’s transfer, North Korea set off a collection of large explosions on the Punggye-ri nuclear testing web site within the northeast of the nation, and claimed the ability was destroyed. CBS Information correspondent Ben Tracy was the solely U.S. broadcast community correspondent to witness it, amongst a small group of worldwide journalists.

Punggye-ri nuclear testing web site in North Korea

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It was broadly seen as an vital step within the course of earlier than North Korean chief Kim Jong Un was to sit down down with President Trump. Simply hours earlier than the summit was canceled, North Korea claimed it had made good on its promise to destroy the Punggye-ri facility — and its broader dedication to peace.

The regime had been testing its nuclear weapons at Punggye-ri since 2006. Till this week, nonetheless, we had solely ever seen the extremely secretive location from satellite tv for pc images. On Thursday, Tracy was among the many journalists allowed to tour the ability earlier than it was blown up. 

Tunnel No. 2 is the place the North Koreans carried out 5 of their six nuclear checks over the past couple years. Tracy and his group had been proven how explosives had been strung up inside the doorway to the tunnel. 

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The doorway to tunnel No. 2 

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Some exterior scientists have stated the nuclear web site was already so badly broken by earlier checks that it was not usable. However throughout the 9 hours we had been led across the grounds, North Korean officers pressured that two of the tunnels had been nonetheless operational and that destroying them is an actual concession.

They advised us we may come double verify and see with our personal eyes that this tunnel had been destroyed, however Tracy and the opposite journalists on the journey usually are not nuclear scientists. There have been no exterior consultants there to confirm that the North Koreans have, actually, rendered the location unusable. Tracy stated he and his group may solely affirm that two tunnel entrances had been blown up; if the tunnels inside the mountain nonetheless exist, the location may probably nonetheless be used for future nuclear checks.

The North Koreans additionally declare no radiation leaked throughout the explosions, and that they’ve by no means detected radiation on the web site. Nevertheless, the one factor they confiscated from our CBS Information group’s baggage after they arrived, was gear to detect radiation.

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CBS Information correspondent Ben Tracy was the one U.S. broadcast community correspondent to witness the explosions on the Punggye-ri nuclear testing web site in North Korea.

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