South Korea says North Korean soldier defects to South:The Asahi Shimbun

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore

"We have a good relationship", he told reporters Saturday aboard Air Force One en route home from a G20 summit in Argentina.

"I think we're going to do one fairly (soon) - into January, February, I think", Trump said in remarks carried by the AFP news agency.

In his talks with Trump at the G-20 in Argentina, Moon earned some support for the Seoul summit from the U.S. leader - perhaps in a bid to entice Kim to make good on his pledge.

When asked Saturday if he would ever host Kim in the United States, the Republican president replied: "At some point, yeah".

Trump and Kim agreed to work toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" during their first meeting on June 12 in Singapore.

USA officials are seeking a "substantive next step" toward denuclearization, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN on Saturday, adding that Washington has been seeing good progress in discussions with Pyongyang. North Korea had been angered by Washington's refusal to ease sanctions and has warned it could resume development of its nuclear program if the United States did not drop its campaign.

A South Korean train crossed into North Korea on Friday for the first time in a decade, packed with engineers on a mission to upgrade the North's dilapidated rail tracks and create a linked, cross-border network.

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The current railway project has also faced delays over concerns it could violate United Nations sanctions imposed on the North over its nuclear and missile programmes.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is determined that this railway project will go ahead, says our correspondent.

Pence said last month it was essential that global sanctions pressure be maintained on North Korea until its complete denuclearisation was achieved. 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.

The South's dovish President Moon has long favoured engagement with the nuclear-armed North and has dangled large investment and joint cross-border projects as incentives for steps towards denuclearisation.

It comes as the North and South Korea have pushed to implement a wide-ranging military agreement reached in September to reduce tensions across their border.

Before the division of the Korean peninsula in 1948, there were two railway lines linking the North to the South - one in the west and the other in the east. "We talked about the need for free, fair and reciprocal trade, and our commitment to the final, fully-verified denuclearization of #DPRK".

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