First photos purporting to show demolition of North Korean nuclear site unveiled

Written by on May 24, 2018

iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL) — Photos released by North Korean state media purporting to show the demolition of North Korea’s nuclear test site earlier Thursday.

At Thursday’s Pentagon briefing, Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said the U.S. is assessing the pictures of what happened.

“We’re looking at pictures of it right now,” said McKenzie. “And we don’t have a final assessment, they obviously did some visible destruction of the entrance to the tunnel. I don’t have a better answer for you than that right now.”

Journalists from around the world flew from Beijing to Wonsan, on the east coast of North Korea, Tuesday and were taken on a long journey to the nuclear site near the village of Punggye-ri.

North Korean state media previously reported the dismantlement process would involve “collapsing all of its tunnels with explosions, blocking its entrances and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts” and that foreign media were invited to cover the event to show the process in a “transparent manner.”

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