Trump wants to meet with Kim next year

South Korean and US soldiers stand guard at the truce village of Panmunjom July 2017.   Jung Yeon-Je  Reuters

South Korean and US soldiers stand guard at the truce village of Panmunjom July 2017. Jung Yeon-Je Reuters

South Korean soldiers escorted the defector to safety after finding him moving south of the eastern side of the military demarcation line that bisects the Koreas, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules.

Three sites are under consideration for a second U.S. -DPRK summit, President Donald Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Saturday, en route back from a G20 meeting in Argentina. Moon and Kim specifically agreed to hold a tape-cutting ceremony by the end of this year to mark the beginning of an inter-Korean project connecting roads and railways between the two countries.

A South Korean train with a sign reading "Seoul to Sinuiju" crossed into the North, Friday, for a long-stalled joint inspection of railway sections there.

Trump also said that "at some point" he would invite Kim to visit the US, though he gave no indication of when. It will travel to Wonsan and other areas on the east coast for a joint survey of 745 miles of North Korea's railway system and facilities, the ministry said.

A train carrying a team of South Korean officials that will inspect railway sections in the North with their North Korean counterparts passes a section of the Gyeongui Line at the demilitarized zone in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, Friday.

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.

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Since the Korean leaders held talks for the first time in April, they have been trying to ease tensions along the border. The South used the trains to move construction materials north, while clothing and shoes made at the factory park were sent south.

"We're not having missiles launched, there haven't been any nuclear tests", Pompeo noted, citing a change in behavior from North Korea, which conducted a series of missile tests in 2017 that alarmed its closest neighbors - and had the USA concerned that Pyongyang was developing the capability to strike any site on the continental U.S.

The Kaesong factory park was shut down under the South's previous conservative government in February 2016 following a North Korean nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.

The inspection has been delayed amid USA concerns about possible violations of United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

As reported by The Washington Post, the trip will consist of two stages.

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