Vastavam web: North Korea has accepted a list of South Korean reporters to visit their nuclear testing site after a days-long tug of war with Seoul, South Korea’s unification ministry said on Wednesday. North Korea invited a handful of media from a number of countries to witness the dismantling of the Punggye-ri testing site to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests. However, it had declined to take the list of reporters from South Korea after calling off planned inter-Korean talks in protest against U.S.-South Korean air combat drills.
Reporters from news outlets from the other countries arrived in the North Korean port city of Wonsan on Tuesday, where they are waiting to be guided to the testing site for the event, set for between Wednesday and Friday. However, South Korean journalists returned home overnight after failing to obtain a visa from Pyongyang in Beijing. “We delivered a list of eight reporters from two outlets to the North today, and the North accepted it,” the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. The ministry did not say when the reporters would leave for the North but said it would arrange support as quickly as possible.