Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Korean train enters N. Korea for first time in 11 years

Korean train enters N. Korea for first time in 11 years

South Korean troops guided the North Korean defector to safety after surveillance equipment detected him crossing an eastern section of the so-called Military Demarcation Line that bisects the peninsula, the military said in a text message. The two leaders said Kim's visit to the South Korean capital "would provide additional momentum to their joint efforts to establish peace on the Korean peninsula", Moon's press secretary Yoon Young-chan said.

The Koreas plan to hold a groundbreaking ceremony by the end of the year on an ambitious project to connect railways and roads authorized by their leaders. The postponement stirred concerns that nuclear talks between the USA and North Korea had again bogged down, as Kim's regime seeks sanctions relief before taking key disarmament steps.

-North Korea summit in June. "We will maintain close consultation with related nations so that the project to connect the South and North's railways could proceed with global support".

According to plans outlined by Cho's ministry, Korean officials will begin by surveying a 400-km (248-mile) section of rail between Kaesong and Sinuiju that cuts through the North's central region and northeastern coast.

On board is a team of South Korean experts investigating ways to help North Korea modernise its rail network. The South used the trains to move construction materials north, while clothing and shoes made at the factory park were sent south.

However, US sanctions make it hard to proceed with this plan. People have been working on that one for 80 years, right?' he said.

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She added that Trump and Moon renewed their commitment "to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization" of the North and agreed on the need to maintain economic sanctions "to ensure the DPRK understands that denuclearization is the only path".

US President Donald Trump will grant North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un his wishes if he delivers on denuclearisation, the South Korean president said Sunday, following talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

Trump also said that "at some point" he would invite Kim to visit the USA, though he gave no indication of when.

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.

The two leaders signed a vaguely worded document on denuclearisation, but progress has since stalled as Washington and Pyongyang spar over the meaning of the document. They also announced measures to reduce conventional military threats, such as creating buffer zones along their land and sea boundaries and a no-fly zone above the border, removing guard posts and demining sections in border areas.

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