Trump says next meeting with North Korea's Kim likely in early 2019

02 December, 2018, 15:05 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • South Korea to send trains to North Korea in joint survey to connect railways separated since Korean War

"We have a good relationship", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on his return trip from the G-20 summit in Argentina, adding he would invite Kim to the USA "at some point", according to Reuters.

Talks on a follow-up to the two leaders' first meeting in June in Singapore have been underway since July, a senior US official told Reuters in October.

Meanwhile, the White House said that Trump had agreed with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday to strive to "see a nuclear-free Korean peninsula".

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

A North Korean soldier fled across the heavily fortified frontier Saturday, the military said, a rare escape that presents the first test of recent military tension-reduction measures by the two adversaries.

In November the vice-president, Mike Pence, said Trump would push for a concrete plan outlining Pyongyang's moves to end its arms programmes.

Negotiations between the USA and North Korea on ending its nuclear program have appeared to stall in the months since Trump and Kim held a historic summit in Singapore in June.

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Rather than requiring a declaration of nuclear weapons sites as a prerequisite to a second meeting with Trump, Pence told NBC News that the administration will insist on developing a "verifiable plan" to disclose those sites while the two leaders are in the same room. Despite the warming ties, it remains unclear whether the North's leader Kim Jong Un will make his first-ever visit to the South this year, as Seoul is hoping. He also said his administration is ready to lift the sanctions on North Korea, but asserted that Pyongyang has to be "responsive" to Washington.

The study comes as differences emerge between Seoul and Washington, which stations 28,500 troops in the South as part of their decades-old alliance.

Unless the North follows through on denuclearization, the sanctions will prevent the South from providing further resources to update the rail system, per The New York Times.

They have also begun work to reconnect a train line and fix another rail link across the border.

When asked if Kim would come to the USA for a visit apart from the second summit, Trump said "at some point" he will. But prospects of a fourth Moon-Kim meeting have recently dimmed, with negotiations on denuclearising the North grinding to a halt. "We have a good relationship".

Earlier on Friday, while meeting with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, Trump discussed his intention to hold a second U.S. -DPRK summit, and restated with Moon a common commitment to work closely together on making it happen.

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