South's military: North Korean soldier defects to South

06 December, 2018, 05:42 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Trump says he is open to hosting the North Korean leader in the US

Moon, who is hoping to host Kim soon on the first ever trip to Seoul by a North Korean leader as agreed earlier this year, said Trump had asked him to pass on a message.

The president tells reporters that there are three sites under consideration, but he's not identifying them.

It has been expected that the North Korean leader could come to the South before the end of the year, but skepticism has mounted that the visit would take place as proposed amid stalled denuclearization talks between the North and the United States.

According to Moon, Trump would be inclined to meet Kim's demands if the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, discards its nuclear arsenal.

"We're getting along very well".

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After whistling twice, a South Korean train engine pulling six rail cars slowly departed toward North Korea's Panmun Station, near the town of Kaesong, where the rail cars will be reconnected to a North Korean engine.

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Trump also met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, when they reviewed the recent developments in the DPRK and discussed how best to work with the global community, including South Korea, to maintain pressure until the DPRK implements its commitment to denuclearise.

As Trump returned from the G20 summit of world leaders in Argentina over the weekend, he told reporters aboard Air Force One that a second summit may happen in 'January or February'.

The White House said in a statement on Saturday after Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping that they and Kim will strive "to see a nuclear free Korean Peninsula". It was essential that worldwide sanctions pressure be maintained on North Korea until its complete denuclearisation was achieved, he said.

Moon's approval rating has declined for nine straight weeks since hitting 65.3 percent in late September following his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang.

Differences also remain between Washington and Seoul on how to proceed with Kim, as the dovish Moon favors more robust engagement with the North.

Before that, however, the president had mocked the communist ruler, calling him "Little Rocket Man", while Kim had in turn said Trump was a "mentally deranged USA dotard", a word that suggests senility.

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