North Korea allows South Korea reporters to visit nuclear site



A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014. REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE/FILE PHOTO

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 (May 23).

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 (May 22), where they are waiting to be guided to the testing site for the event, set for between Wednesday and Friday (May 25).

Invited members of foreign media said North Korean authorities told them the weather was “too bad for travel” to the Punggye-Ri site but they may, in fact, be awaiting the South Korean reporters, citing a forecast that shows improving weather. — Reuters

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