Foreign media departed to North Korea to witness closure of nuclear site

Vastavam web: A group of roughly two dozen journalists from Western and Chinese news organisations departed for North Korea on Tuesday to witness the closure of its nuclear test site.Journalists from the Associated Press, CNN, CBS, Russia Today and Chinese state media outlets were among those seen checking in at Beijing Capital International Airport to catch a 9:00 a.m. (0100 GMT) Air Koryo flight, which took off at 9:48 a.m., according to the airport’s website.

Pyongyang invited a handful of international media to witness the dismantling of the Punggye-ri site some time between May 23 and May 25 but not technical experts, even though the United States has called for “a permanent and irreversible closure that can be inspected and fully accounted for”. Diplomatically isolated North Korea, under U.N. security Council sanctions for its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, announced the planned shutdown of its nuclear test site amid a dramatic round of contact with its long-time bitter rivals, South Korea and the United States.