North and South make steady progress towards ending Korean War

New guard post on the North Korean side of the Joint Security Area. Saturday’s escape occurred after both Koreas demolished front-line guard posts and swept for mines in a section of the Demilitarized Zone as part of an ambitious plan to disarm the area

When asked about a future meeting, Mr. Trump said: "I think we're going to do one fairly [soon] - into January, February, I think". He said, "We are getting along very well".

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

China's influence as North Korea's largest trading partner is viewed as key to any significant agreement between the US and North Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump is ready to grant what North Korea wants as long as denuclearization goals are fulfilled, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told the media on Sunday.

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.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was due to meet a top North Korean official in early November, but the meeting was abruptly put off, with Pyongyang insisting that Washington ease sanctions. "We talked about the need for free, fair and reciprocal trade, and our commitment to the final, fully-verified denuclearization of #DPRK".

Previously, North Korean state media announced that Kim Jong-un said he expected significant results at his second meeting with Donald Trump.

North Korea is seeking security guarantees from the US and relief from worldwide sanctions.

They have begun work to reconnect their railway systems, removed landmines and destroyed military bunkers at parts of the frontier. The South Koreans have expressed hope the visit - which would be a first for a North Korean leader - could happen by the end of this year. Kim agreed to travel to Seoul after hosting Moon in Pyongyang in September for their third summit this year.

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

Moon's office said that Trump also gave the green light for Kim to visit Seoul, saying the two leaders agreed that would "provide additional momentum to their joint efforts to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula".

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