North Korea, which is believed to have tested six nuclear weapons, has said it will dismantle its only known nuclear test site this month ahead of a meeting on June 12 between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.
Some analysts say North Korea is hinting at joining the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or some other worldwide non-nuclear framework in the future. North Korean authorities have promised to demolish its nuclear test site in the period from 23 to 25 may, depending on weather conditions.
However, according to experts, "more significant buildings around the site are still untouched".
"But of course this sudden change in the DPRK's position, just months after they have conducted a test, will bring accusations of hypocrisy from some quarters".
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During his speech at the disarmament conference, the North Korean ambassador to the United Nations also said North Korea was hoping to further diffuse military tensions on Korean Peninsula.
The CTBT is a multilateral treaty that bans all nuclear tests, for both civilian and military purposes.
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