Ahead of the historic meeting between Kim Jong-un and the US President next month, Pyongyang announced that tunnels at the nuclear site will be destroyed in an explosion, while observation and research facilities will also be removed. Moon welcomed Kim's plans to publicly blow up North Korea's nuclear test facility.
North Korea has begun dismantling the country's only known nuclear test site, according to satellite photos, following through on a promise made by leader Kim Jong-un ahead of his meeting with Donald Trump.
Satellite images examined by American researchers appear to show building demolitions, removal of railways, and overturned mining carts at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea.
The plan to dismantle the nuclear test site signals readiness of the North to pursue the path of denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula but understandably it would require cooperation and encouragement from other parties as well. Additionally, according to experts, North Korea has also partially dismantled the rails of the trolleys, which lead from the tunnels.
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Pompeo met previously with Kim while Central Intelligence Agency director, flying secretly to North Korea over the Easter weekend to discuss the possibility of a summit meeting with Trump and negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program.
Some experts have said the site had already been rendered unusable after reports that the mountain was on the verge of collapse after the sixth and most powerful underground blast took place in September.
Dialogue brokered by South Korea has seen US-North Korea relations go from trading personal insults and threats of war previous year to a summit between Kim and Trump which will be held in Singapore on 12 June.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who recently returned from his second trip to Pyongyang, says the U.S. will allow the American private sector to invest in North Korea, but only if the regime agrees to fully dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
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The dismantlement, scheduled sometime between May 23 and May 25, is in line with the country's pledge to stop nuclear tests.
Pompeo, who has met twice with the North Korean leader to discuss the summit, said he was "convinced" Kim shared USA goals. He added that the Trump administration was focused on making sure "we didn't end up where we were before" in the talks with North Korea.
After Saturday's announcement, President TrumpDonald John TrumpRomney denounces pastor slated to speak at United States embassy in Jerusalem Pentagon finds problems with Kushner-backed health program: report Apple CEO Tim Cook praises Parkland, "Me Too" activists in commencement speech MORE thanked North Korea for its "gracious gesture".
Trump and South Korea's President are due to meet May 22 at the White House.
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