S. Korea wants UN to verify planned closure of N. Korea’s nuclear test site



United Nations, United States, May 2 (TNS): South Korean President Moon Jae-in has asked the United Nations to verify the planned closure of North Korea’s nuclear test site, a UN spokesman said.

Moon made the request in a phone call to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, a few days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told the South Korean leader he planned to shut down the test site in May.

“The president sought the support of the United Nations to verify the imminent closure of the DPRK’s nuclear test site, as announced by the DPRK Chairman Kim Jong Un,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is North Korea’s official name.

Moon also asked for UN support to “transform the demilitarized zone into a peace zone” between the two Koreas, he added.

Guterres said the United Nations was ready to discuss possible forms of support, but no details were provided.