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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location

‘Grandstanding All Around’: Critics Pan North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site Demolition

North Korea conducted its demolition media event at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site on Thursday, setting off what observers described as a series of explosions that raised a plume of dust and smoke over nearby Mount Mantap. The event was intended to demonstrate Pyongyang’s commitment to denuclearization, but it only reinforced the skepticism of analysts around the world that dictator Kim Jong-un is more interested in destroying the evidence of past illegal nuclear activities. They also doubted the Punggye-ri site will be fully or permanently decommissioned.

Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump have traded colourful personal barbs against each other, sparking global alarm

North Korea Invites International Media to Watch Nuclear Test Site Shutdown

North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Saturday that the communist regime would hold a ceremony on a date between May 23 and 25 to permanently shut down the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, and journalists from five countries, including the United States, were invited to attend.

Xi Jinping and Jim Jong-un

China Warns North Korea Not to ‘Cross Point of No Return’ with Nuclear Test

Speaking through its state-controlled media, China has warned North Korea not to “cross the point of no return” by conducting another nuclear test. North Korea evidently has no interest in defusing tensions on the peninsula as it conducted a massive live-fire artillery drill on Tuesday – possibly the largest such drill it has ever performed.