South's military: North Korean soldier defects to South

South's military: North Korean soldier defects to South

"They have agreed to maintain the vigorous implementation of existing sanctions to ensure that North Korea understands that denuclearization is the only way to economic prosperity and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula", he added. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said it had not observed any unusual activity from North Korean troops in the area where the defection happened. The incident did not trigger any gunfire, unlike a year ago when a North Korean soldier ran across under a hail of bullets from his own side. Kim agreed to travel to Seoul after hosting Moon in Pyongyang in September for their third summit this year.

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. Seoul has stressed that actual construction work to modernize North Korean train lines will "be carried out along with progress in North Korean denuclearization".

A South Korean train with a sign reading "Seoul to Sinuiju" crossed into the North, Friday, for a long-stalled joint inspection of railway sections there. "Nothing has been decided", Blue House spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

They ran cargo train services between Dorasan Station and Panmun Station for about a year until 2008, when they came to a halt amid frozen inter-Korean relations.

"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 told a ceremony at Dorasan Station to mark the launch of the inspection.

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The train will include passenger and sleeping cars as well as a power-generator vehicle and a fuel tank.

The South Korean military spotted the suspected defector crossing the military demarcation line that separates the border. Seoul took 55,000 liters (14,529 gallons) of diesel, a UN-sanctioned item, to the North for the journey.

Twenty-eight South Korean officials including people from the unification, and land, infrastructure and transport ministries will inspect the 400-kilometer section from Gaeseong to Sinuiju through December 5.

More than 30,000 North Korean civilians have fled their homeland since the peninsula was divided at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

The survey will cover two rail corridors in North Korean territory, one on the country's eastern side and another along the western coast.

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