January 15, 2021

Two Koreas will start work to connect by road and train in November

Two Koreas will start work to connect by road and train in November



The two Koreas agreed today to begin work to modernize and eventually connect their trains and roads between the end of November and the beginning of December, in compliance with the agreement reached at their inter-Korean summit last September.

Both countries, which are still technically at war, will mark the beginning of these tasks with a ceremony, they explained in a joint press release adopted after a high-level meeting in the border village of Panmunjeom collected by the local agency Yonhap.

The meeting was led by South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and his North Korean counterpart, Ri Son-gwon, of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, the body of the regime in charge of relations with the South.

South and North also agreed to hold a meeting in November between their delegations of the Red Cross, to address the problem of families separated by the Korean War, the civil conflict that confronted them between 1950 and 1953, which ended with an armistice.

This same month representatives of both countries will be seen in the open liaison office in the city of Kaesong, in the northern border, to analyze the proposal of a joint bid to organize the Olympic Games of 2032, as well as the performance of a group of North Korean artists in the South.

The delegations led by Cho and Ri also agreed to organize "as soon as possible" a military meeting of some level to reduce military tensions, and form a joint military committee and continue to address the implementation of the commitments made at the last summit of the North Korean capital

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed a joint statement on that occasion in which they agreed to intensify cooperation and cross-border exchanges.

Both leaders reaffirmed, in addition, the vision of achieving a Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons, a compromise for which a road map does not yet exist.

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