* Date : 2018-05-22
Following the announcement of the Panmunjom Declaration on April 27, North Korea's denuclerarization process got underway in earnest. Pyongyang's foreign ministry announced on May 12, that it would dismantle its nuclear test site at Punggye-ri. The site was home to six nuclear tests over a span of 11 years from 2006 to 2017. North Korea said it would destroy a tunnel used for nuclear testing, and invite members of the press from China, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom and South Korea to oversee the process and ensure transparency. The Moon Jae-in administration welcomed North Korea's announcement, calling it an important first step towards complete denuclearization. Will North Korea be able to give up its nuclear weapons for good this time around?
North Korea's denuclearization is an all-important issue as far as the regional powers are concerned. The United States welcomed Pyongyang's announcement to dismantle the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promising that North Korea would enjoy economic prosperity to rival that of South Korea, if it follows through on its promise of denuclearization. China also lauded North Korea's decision, saying they had demonstrated their willingness to act in good faith. However, Japan is beset by worries that the country is becoming increasingly alienated from the ongoing developments on the Korean Peninsula, as it was not invited by North Korea to observe the dismantling of its nuclear test site. In this week's edition of "Foreign Correspondents", we sit down with a panel of journalists to discuss North Korea's denuclearization in more detail.
Matt Stiles, Journalist / Los Angeles Times
Frédéric Ojardias, Journalist / Radio France Internationale
Fabian Kretschmer, Journalist / Deutsche Welle