It was only a matter of hours before Trump canceled the summit that North Korea demolished its nuclear test site at Punggye-ri… in a gesture apparently to demonstrate good will. And reporters who were there, after a trip of around 17 hours back to the North Korean city of Wonsan, have been uploading footage of the demolition from their press center. Our Foreign Ministry correspondent Lee Ji-won, who is part of South Korea’s Joint Press Corps for Punggye-ri, has more.
The news has finally arrived. North Korea has blown up its Punggye-ri nuclear test site. The news just came in a few minutes ago. For more, let’s go straight to Lee Ji-won, part of South Korea’s Joint Press Corps for Punggye-ri. Ji-won tell us more.
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