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

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

As officials work to arrange a second meeting between Trump and Kim, South Korea's Moon Jae-in relayed a message to reporters given to him by the U.S. president to pass on to the North's leader. Trump noted that he has "a very friendly view of Chairman Kim and that he likes him", the South Korean leader said, as quoted by Yonhap News Agency.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is determined that this railway project will go ahead, says our correspondent. "He hopes to fully carry out the remaining agreements (from their June summit in Singapore) together with him so that he will make Chairman Kim Jong Un get what he wants", Moon said. Last year, Trump notoriously called him "Little Rocket Man" and threatened to unleash "fire and fury the likes of which the world has never seen." .

South Korea sent rail cars and dozens of officials to North Korea on Friday for joint surveys on northern sections of railway the countries hope someday to connect with the South.

'He is agreeing to work with me 100 percent on North Korea, and that's a big thing, ' Trump said.

Mr Trump added that at some point he would invite Mr Kim to the United States. Their two previous summits were held at the countries' shared border village of Panmunjom.

This comes amid reports that Kim may meet with Moon in Seoul in the coming months, marking the first time a North Korean leader has visited South Korea.

The South Korean government is optimistic over Kim's visit to Seoul, which he promised during the third inter-Korean summit in September in Pyongyang.

"I believe Kim's Seoul visit itself will be a peaceful message to the world, and also a message of his commitment to denuclearization, commitment to the development of inter-Korean relations", he stated.

But both Moon and Trump say fears of war on the Korean Peninsula have eased sharply.

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.

He didn't specify which sites were under consideration, saying they hadn't been determined yet.

Trump said on Air Force One while returning to Washington from Argentina that his next meeting with Kim would likely happen in January or February.

Trump has frequently described a warm personal relationship with Kim, arguing that this rapport would help him succeed at a diplomatic breakthrough that has eluded USA presidents since the 1950s.



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