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North Korea Demolishes Its Nuclear Test Site In A 'Huge Explosion'

Journalists witnessed as North Korea blew up tunnels it uses for nuclear testing. But experts say it was mostly for show, and closing the site will have little impact on the nation's capabilities.
A satellite photo of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea on May 23, 2018. Source: Digitalglobe

North Korea closed its nuclear test site in spectacular fashion Thursday, blasting the site in what one observer described as a "huge explosion."

"You could feel it. Dust came at you, the heat came at you," reported Sky News' Asia Correspondent Tom Cheshire, a British broadcaster who was invited to the demolition.

International media were assembled in view of the Punggye-ri test site, about 500 meters (1,640 feet) away, according to Sky. North Korea claims it tested six underground nuclear devices at the facility.

But longtime watchers of North Korea's nuclear program say

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