May 12, 2018

North Korea announces plans for dismantling of nuclear test site

A man watches a television news broadcast showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photo: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea's foreign ministry announced Saturday that the country will hold a "ceremony" May 23-25 marking the dismantling of the country's northeastern nuclear testing site, that will involve destroying all of the tunnels on the grounds and removing observation and research facilities, reports the AP.

Why it matters: The event will happen less than three weeks before President Trump's June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. Last month, during a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Kim promised to stop nuclear missile testing and close a test site. Per the AP, the North added that it will invite journalists from the U.S., South Korea, China, Russia and Britain to inspect the process.

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

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Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.