Trump says hopes to meet N.Korea's Kim in January or February

Trump says hopes to meet N.Korea's Kim in January or February

When the leaders of North and South Korea had their historic meeting in April, North Korea's Kim Jong-un asked for help with updating his country's railways, which he said were in an "embarrassing" state.

Freight services ran between the two Koreas from December 2007 until November 2008 to support factories in a joint economic zone at Kaesong in North Korea.

South Korean soldiers open the gate as the rails which leads to North Korea is seen, inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju. Kim agreed to travel to Seoul after hosting Moon in Pyongyang in September for their third summit this year.

The South's dovish President Moon has long favoured engagement with the nuclear-armed North and has dangled large investment and joint cross-border projects as incentives for steps towards denuclearisation.

The president added that he plans at some point to invite Kim to the United States.

"A North Korean soldier was detected crossing the military demarcation line" by South Korean troops using surveillance equipment, the military Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement.

At Kaesong, South Korea's locomotive was swapped with North Korea's, and three North Korean cars which Seoul's Unification Ministry did not immediately specify were attached to the six South Korean cars.

A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea early on Saturday, the South Korean military said.

The train pulled six cars carrying dozens of South Korean officials and experts, who will undertake an 18-day, 750-mile survey of railway tracks in the North.

More than 30,000 North Koreans have fled to the South since the 1950-53 war on the peninsula ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

They also had to get special one-off clearance from the United Nations to get around sanctions, which prohibit taking fuel and certain equipment into North Korea.

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.

Those events, combined with a recent North Korean threat to renew overt nuclear development should Washington continue opposing sanctions relief, suggested to many analysts that the countries are having problems seeing eye-to-eye, calling into question when a second summit might take place.

The last defection involving North Koreans occurred in May when two civilians aboard a small boat fled to the South across the Yellow Sea.

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