North and South Korea start landmark journey for railway reconnection

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"President Trump asked me to forward to (Kim) these messages; he has a very friendly view of Chairman Kim Jong Un and likes him".

South Korea may once again push for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's visit to Seoul in December.

According to a statement issued by the White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders, Trump and Moon met on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit "to discuss the latest developments regarding the Democratic People's Republic of Korea".

Moon's press secretary Yoon Young-chan said the two leader think Kim's visit to Seoul summit "would provide additional momentum to their joint efforts to establish peace on the Korean peninsula". He said, "We are getting along very well".

The two sides had reportedly been engaged in talks on the leaders' second meeting after the first, unprecedented one in Singapore in June.

Both the leaders has signed a roughly worded document over the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, but the progress has been ceased as Pyongyang and Washington argued over the document's meaning.

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A team of South Korean officials boarded to investigate how the North's rail network can be modernised and potentially linked up to the South.

But at the moment Kim has little to gain since South Korea and the USA are unwilling to ease sanctions before North Korea scraps its nuclear weapons. It was essential that worldwide sanctions pressure be maintained on North Korea until its complete denuclearisation was achieved, he said. "It is North Korea which should clearly state and show by taking actions, then I am sure that there will be no reason why the Security Council of the United Nations will continue to impose the sanction on North Korea".

Differences also remain between Washington and Seoul on how to proceed with Kim, as the dovish Moon favors more robust engagement with the North.

Furthermore, he said he would be interested in inviting Kim to the USA for talks at "some point" in the future.

Prospects for a second summit to overcome a current logjam in negotiations will likely depend on whether either the USA or DPRK can show flexibility with regards to offering gestures surrounding sanctions relief or steps towards denuclearization.

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