Kim Jong Un’s recent rhetoric about his commitment to denuclearization appears to have been backed up by satellite images that show the dismantling of a nuclear testing site is underway. The North Korean leader made the shock announcement that his country would stop testing nuclear missiles in April in a major step toward the warming of ties between North and South Korea. The new pictures appear to confirm the dismantlement of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site has begun, with several key buildings and a rail line having been removed. The pictures, taken May 7, are “the first definitive evidence that dismantlement of the test site was already well underway,” according to a blog post by 38 North, a website run by former U.S. diplomats.
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