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(LEAD) 2 Koreas hold meeting to discuss railway cooperation

All News 17:02 August 09, 2018

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SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) -- South and North Korean officials held a meeting Thursday to discuss cooperation in modernizing and eventually reconnecting railways across their border, a unification ministry official said.

The meeting was held between railway policymakers of the two Koreas at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) office in Paju, just south of the inter-Korean border, according to the official.

The two discussed when and how they will carry out additional joint railway inspection, which is expected to start from late this month.

They also exchanged views on issues that need to be checked to connect railways between the two Koreas.

This marked the second meeting of its kind since their first joint research team meeting was held on July 24 in the North's border town of Kaesong after surveying the conditions of some North Korean sections of railways.

In April, the leaders of the two Koreas agreed to work together on modernizing and connecting railways over their border as part of efforts to deepen ties.


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