Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

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

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

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

FILE - In this November 15, 2018, file photo, smoke from an explosion rises as part of the dismantling of a South Korean guard post in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas in Cheorwon, as a North Korean guard post sits high in the upper left.

A North Korean soldier fled across the heavily fortified frontier Saturday, the military said, a rare escape that presents the first test of recent military tension-reduction measures by the two adversaries.

"The inter-Korean railway connection project is meant to overcome division and open a new future of the Korean Peninsula", Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said at a ceremony at Dorasan Station near the border, according to pool reports. Kim agreed to travel to Seoul after hosting Moon in Pyongyang in September for their third summit this year.

South Korean soldiers close gate near the rails leading to North Korea, inside demilitarized zone.

Sanctions enforced by the United Nations Security Council and the USA prohibit sending fuel or conducting economic activities that could generate cash for Kim's regime. 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. That survey is slated to be completed by December 5, according to the South Korean Unification Ministry. "Related agencies plan to investigate him regarding the details of how he came to the South", it said.

The Koreas in December 2007 began freight services between South Korea's Munsan Station in Paju and the North's Panmun Station to support operations at a now-shuttered joint factory park in Kaesong. Earlier Saturday, Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who threw his support behind further meetings between Trump and the North Korean leader. Over 30,000 North Koreans have defected since the Korean War armistice ended hostilities in 1953.

"It was also agreed that great progress has been made with respect to North Korea and that President Trump, together with President Xi, will strive, along with Chairman Kim Jong Un, to see a nuclear free Korean Peninsula", the White House said in a statement following the highly anticipated dinner in Argentina.

The US has urged North Korea to take concrete steps towards denuclearization, whereas Pyongyang has demanded guarantees for its survival before the signing of a peace treaty.

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