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Trump: N. Korea has blown up 4 test sites

2018/06/22 03:24

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WASHINGTON, June 21 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that North Korea has already destroyed four of its big test sites on the road to "total denuclearization."

   Trump was speaking at a Cabinet meeting following his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore last week.

The two leaders agreed then that Kim would commit to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, while Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the regime.

"They've stopped the sending of missiles, including ballistic missiles. They're destroying their engine site. They're blowing it up," Trump said. "They've already blown up one of their big test sites. In fact, it was actually four of their big test sites. And the big thing is, it will be a total denuclearization, which has already started taking place."

   It was unclear which test sites the president was referring to. In May North Korea demolished its only known nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, which included four testing tunnels.

It's possible Trump was referring to those four sites, although one of the tunnels was reportedly abandoned earlier.

hague@yna.co.kr

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