Two Koreas in talks to set schedule for joint road inspection: Seoul

Wednesday, 2018-12-05 16:03:29
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The RoK’s soldiers gather at Arrowhead Ridge as a tactical road is built across the military demarcation line inside the Demilitarized Zone, in Cheorwon on Nov 22, 2018. (Photo: AFP)
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The Republic of Korea (RoK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) were currently in talks to set schedule for a joint road inspection to modernize and connect roads across the inter-Korean border, Seoul's unification ministry said on December 5.

Baik Tae-hyun, the unification ministry spokesman, told a press briefing that the RoK was still in consultations with the DPRK through the exchange of letters about the joint road survey schedule.

The two sides jointly conducted a field inspection of the western road along the Korean Peninsula from Kaesong, a DPRK's border town, to the DPRK's capital Pyongyang in August as agreed upon at the working-level talks in June.

However, the joint survey of the eastern road from Goseong in the RoK to Wonsan in the DPRK had yet to be launched.

The two Koreas recently launched an 18-day joint inspection of rail lines along the western and eastern peninsula.

Under the Panmunjom Declaration, which RoK’s President Moon Jae-in and top DPRK leader Kim Jong-un signed after their first summit in April at the truce village of Panmunjom, the two leaders agreed to modernize and connect rail and road systems across the border.

The spokesman said that the RoK has been preparing to implement the inter-Korean agreements.

Xinhua