North & South Korea reconnect; inaugurate Railway and Road project

Ending the year on a positive note, North and South Korea held a ceremony on Wednesday for a project to reconnect rail and road links, although construction cannot begin while sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs remain in place. The two sides agreed in October to inaugurate work on reconnecting railways and roads that have been cut since the 1950-53 Korean War, another example of the thaw in North-South relations this year. A special train carried 100 South Korean officials, politicians and members of families displaced by the war at the ceremony at Panmun Station in the border city of Kaesong. They were joined by a 100-strong North Korean delegation, as well as officials from the United Nations, China, Russia and Mongolia, according to South Korea’s Unification Ministry.    

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