North and South make steady progress towards ending Korean War

Leroy Wright
December 4, 2018

Mr Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on his return from the G-20 gathering in Argentina that he thinks the meeting will be in early 2019. About 30,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea, mostly traveling via China, since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Cho Myoung-gyon, who heads the Unification Ministry which oversees relations with North Korea, said the project was "intended to overcome division and open a new future of the Korean Peninsula". The meeting was supposed to be held in NY to discuss the second Trump-Kim summit.

"As he promised, President Moon should invite Kim to Seoul and convince him" of making headway in the stalled denuclearization talks, former Unification Minster Jeong Se-hyun said during a meeting with liberal politicians on Saturday.

In an apparent bid to encourage a hesitating Kim to commit to a trip, Moon elicited an expression of support for such a visit from US President Donald Trump at a summit in Buenos Aires on Friday.

North Korea has taken few concrete steps to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Trump and Kim held a historic summit in Singapore earlier this year, signing a vaguely worded deal on denuclearisation.

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Sanders said both leaders agreed on the necessity for "maintaining vigorous enforcement of existing sanctions to ensure the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) understands that denuclearization is the only path".

They have begun work to reconnect their railway systems, removed landmines and destroyed military bunkers at parts of the frontier. Re-connection of train line are in progress with another rail which links across the border.

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".

Despite the warming ties, it remains unclear whether Kim will make his first-ever visit to the South this year, as Seoul is hoping.

"And the message was that President Trump has a very friendly view of Chairman Kim and that he likes him, and so he wishes Chairman Kim would implement the rest of their agreement and that he would make what Chairman Kim wants come true", Moon told the Yonhap news agency while en route to New Zealand.

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