Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump Sees a Meeting With North Korea's Kim as Soon as January

Trump Sees a Meeting With North Korea's Kim as Soon as January

During the G20 summit, Trump met South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and agreed to stay firm in the application of sanctions on Pyongyang until it takes significant steps towards denuclearization.

For the first time since the recent elimination of border guards on the divided peninsula, a North Korean soldier has fled to the south.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday he thinks he will next meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in January or February and that three sites for the meeting are under consideration. A train will leave Seoul Station in the early morning and arrive in the North Korean city of Sinuiju, near the Chinese border, before heading to Pyongyang. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said it had not observed any unusual activity from North Korean troops in the area where the defection happened.

More than 30,000 North Korean civilians have fled their homeland but most flee across the porous frontier with China, and rarely across the inter-Korean border which is fortified with minefields and barbed wire. The South Korean train was composed of a locomotive and six other cars that went into the North to reach Panmun Station in Kaesong.

Over the 18-day inspection of the lines on the west and east coast (called the Gyeongui and Donghae lines, respectively, in South Korea), the train will travel a total of 2,600 kilometers.

Seoul said the survey was purely aimed at gathering information on the current state of the North's rail system and assured that actual restoration works would come only after consents from the UN.

FILE - In this November 15, 2018, file photo, smoke from an explosion rises as part of the dismantling of a South Korean guard post in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas in Cheorwon, as a North Korean guard post sits high in the upper left.

"They have agreed to maintain the vigorous implementation of existing sanctions to ensure that North Korea understands that denuclearization is the only way to economic prosperity and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula", he added.

Differences have emerged between Washington and Seoul on how to proceed with Kim, as the dovish Moon has long favoured engagement with the North.

A South Korean train rolled into North Korea for the first time in a decade on Friday as the countries began joint surveys on northern railway sections they hope someday to connect with the South.

Appreciating Kim's upcoming visit to Seoul, Trump noted that the trip may create new momentum for efforts to denuclearize North Korea and establish peace on the Korean Peninsula, according to Yonhap News Agency.

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