Trump says meeting with DPRK's top leader Kim likely early next year

A South Korean soldier stands next to the train about to travel across the border into North Korea at the Dorasan Station in Paju South Korea Friday. The train pulled six cars filled with dozens of South Korean expert and officials who will undertake

A South Korean soldier stands next to the train about to travel across the border into North Korea at the Dorasan Station in Paju South Korea Friday. The train pulled six cars filled with dozens of South Korean expert and officials who will undertake

President Donald Trump said a second summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un will likely take place in January or February.

The Koreas plan to hold a groundbreaking ceremony by the end of the year on an ambitious project to connect their railways and roads as agreed by their leaders.

A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea on Saturday morning, fleeing across the countries' heavily armed land border, officials said.

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.

In September, the President said that he wanted to schedule a second summit with Kim.

Nevertheless, with talks between the United States and North Korea stalling, the government in Seoul is keen to show progress in its own peace process with Pyongyang. 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 and also removing a number of guard posts and demining sections in border areas.

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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South Korean soldiers guided the North Korean to safety after they found him walking across the eastern sector of the Demilitarized Zone, the buffer zone separating the Koreas, the South Korean military said in a brief statement.

More than 30,000 North Korean civilians have fled their homeland since the peninsula was divided at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. It was essential that worldwide sanctions pressure be maintained on North Korea until its complete denuclearisation was achieved, he said.

The six-carriage train is transporting 28 South Koreans including railway engineers and other personnel, and carrying 55 tonnes of fuel and an electricity generator.

The beginning of the inter-Korean rail survey marks a significant step in this year's economic cooperation projects and comes ahead of a possible visit to Seoul by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for what would be this year's fourth inter-Korean summit.

The cross-border route was discontinued in 2008 when the relationship between the North and South grew worse due to North Korea's nuclear weapons program, per The New York Times.

The President's comments came hours after Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a working meeting in Argentina, discussing several issues that included a temporary freeze on higher tariffs, fentanyl reclassification as a controlled substance, and the North Korea peninsula.

The North's official media hasn't reported about Saturday's case.

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