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China says goodwill needed for Korean peninsula denuclearisation

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China said yesterday all parties should demonstrate goodwill and sincerity to create a conducive atmosphere for denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula, after North Korea cast doubt on a summit with the United States.

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the comment at a regular briefing.

From Seoul – Satellite imagery shows North Korea dismantling facilities at its nuclear test site, but experts say the images can’t reveal whether it is the first step toward full denuclearisation, or an attempt to cloak nuclear capabilities from outside observers.

North Korea’s intentions were thrown further into doubt yesterday, when it abruptly announced it may “reconsider” meeting with US President Donald Trump next month if the US continues to insist on unilateral denuclearisation.

Commercial satellite imagery – including photos taken by Planet Labs as recently as May 14 – show North Korea removing some structures around its nuclear test site at Punggye-ri, experts say.

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