South Korean train starts joint survey of North Korean railways

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"The sanctions exemption has big implications given that the project has garnered recognition and support from the United States and the global society", South Korea's presidential spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom said at the time.

The President was speaking to reporters onboard Air Force One as he returned home from the G20 summit in Argentina, but he apparently didn't offer any more details.

Rather than requiring a declaration of nuclear weapons sites as a prerequisite to a second meeting with Trump, Pence told NBC News that the administration will insist on developing a "verifiable plan" to disclose those sites while the two leaders are in the same room.

In June, Trump and Kim opened up dialogue on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula after months of trading military threats and pointed barbs.

The US President met with the North Korean leader for the first time in Singapore this year, where the two leaders had signed a joint declaration to work towards achieving "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean Peninsula in exchange of Pyongyang's "security guarantees" from Washington. A North Korean soldier fled across a heavily fortified border to defect to South Korea early Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, the military in Seoul said, just as the rivals began taking steps to reduce military tensions.

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Although more than 32,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea, most have done so through China, eventually making their way to a South Korean embassy in another country.

Complications: The Washington Post reported that in order for the trip to happen, South Korea had to receive special permission from the United Nations due to sanctions that are now in place on North Korea.

Differences have emerged between Washington and Seoul on how to proceed with Kim, as the dovish Moon has long favoured engagement with the North. The inspections are preparations for a project to connect the railways of the Koreas, as agreed between leaders of the South and North at their summits this year.

In September, the President said that he wanted to schedule a second summit with Kim. "We have a good relationship", Trump said of Kim, according to the report. But prospects of a fourth Moon-Kim meeting have recently dimmed, with negotiations on denuclearising the North grinding to a halt.

Moon's office said that Trump also gave the green light for Kim to visit Seoul, saying the two leaders agreed that would "provide additional momentum to their joint efforts to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula".

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