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North Korea allows reporters from South Korea to visit nuclear site, says official

By Hyonhee Shin

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea accepted a list of South Korean reporters to visit its nuclear testing site after a days-long pull with Seoul, the Unification Ministry of Korea said on Wednesday. from the south. 19659003] North Korea invited a handful of media from several countries to witness the dismantling of the Punggye-ri testing site to fulfill its promise to suspend nuclear testing. However, he had refused to take the list of journalists from South Korea after suspending planned talks between the two Koreas in protest against the US-South Korea aerial warfare simulations.

The invitation to witness the dismantling of the Punggye-ri site was seen as an indication that North Korea's unexpected offer to complete its nuclear tests is still being maintained despite renewed diplomatic uncertainty.

Media reporters from other countries arrived on Tuesday in the North Korean port city of Wonsan, where they hope to be guided. to the test site for the event, established between Wednesday and Friday.

However, South Korean journalists returned home during the night after failing to obtain a Pyongyang visa in Beijing.

The Unification Ministry said late on Tuesday reporters could fly directly to Wonsan if the North accepted them.

"We delivered a list of eight reporters from two outlets north today, and the North accepted it," the mini stry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The ministry did not say when reporters would head north, but said it would organize support as quickly as possible.

Invited members of foreign media said North Korean authorities told them the weather was "too bad to travel" to the Punggye-ri site, but in fact they may be waiting for South Korean reporters, citing a forecast that shows an improvement of the climate.

(Report of Hyonhee Shin; Additional reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Richard Pullin and Paul Tait)

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