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South Korea to send trains to North Korea in joint survey to connect railways separated since Korean War

"We have a good relationship", Trump said of Kim, according to the report.

Also on Friday, an official from Seoul's Defence Ministry said the North and South Korean militaries completed removing 20 front-line guard posts and land mines from a border area where they plan to start their first-ever joint search for remains of soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War. Earlier Saturday, Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who threw his support behind further meetings between Trump and the North Korean leader.

Last month at a press conference, Trump had expressed hope that he would meet Kim early next year.

"We're not having missiles launched, there haven't been any nuclear tests", Pompeo noted, citing a change in behavior from North Korea, which conducted a series of missile tests in 2017 that alarmed its closest neighbors - and had the USA concerned that Pyongyang was developing the capability to strike any site on the continental U.S.

Sanctions enforced by the United Nations Security Council and the US prohibit sending fuel or conducting economic activities that could generate cash for Kim's regime.

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.

Negotiations between the US and North Korea on ending its nuclear program have appeared to stall in the months since Trump and Kim held a historic summit in Singapore in June.

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The study comes as differences emerge between Seoul and Washington, which stations 28,500 troops in the South as part of their decades-old alliance.

They have also begun work to reconnect a train line and fix another rail link across the border.

Seoul plans to hold a groundbreaking ceremony before the end of the year on a plan to establish road and rail links between the two Koreas, first agreed upon by the countries' two leaders at a summit in April. But prospects of a fourth Moon-Kim meeting have recently dimmed, with negotiations on denuclearising the North grinding to a halt.

But while inter-Korean relation-building has continued apace over the past year, talks with the United States have stalled.

The two leaders made a vague commitment on "denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula during the summit, but glossed over how to make it happen.

North Korea had entered into agreements with regional powers in 1994 and in 2005 to dismantle its nuclear program in return for economic benefits and diplomatic rewards, but those deals broke down after Pyongyang clandestinely continued to pursue building weapons of mass destruction.

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