SEOUL, The leader of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party on Sunday downplayed North Korea's pledge to dismantle its nuclear test site as "nothing new," saying what's important is what to do with the North's nuclear weapons.
The North's foreign ministry announced Saturday night that it will dismantle its Punggye-ri nuclear test site between May 23 and 25, and will invite journalists from South Korea, China, Russia, the United States and Britain to cover the dismantling on-site.
In a Facebook post Sunday, LKP leader Hong Joon-pyo likened the planned nuclear test demolition to the North's 2008 blowing up of a cooling tower at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, pointing out that despite the much-hyped gesture, the regime later backtracked on its promise to abandon its nuclear program.
"North Korea already deceived the world in 2008 with the cooling tower explosion show," Hong said. "The Punggye-ri nuclear test site shutdown show that they're planning to hold is nothing now."
Hong also said he hopes the upcoming summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be a success through consistent pressure on the communist nation.
Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12 for what will be the first-ever summit of the two countries.
Source: Yonhap News Agency