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Historic border footbridge in Panmunjom to begin repair work this month

North Korea 16:29 June 10, 2021

SEOUL, June 10 (Yonhap) -- A historic footbridge at the truce village of Panmunjom where President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un walked along during their first summit in 2018 is set for an overhaul, the United Nations Command (UNC) said Thursday.

The iconic blue bridge is "scheduled for an overhaul," and the 2nd Infantry Division is in the Joint Security Area (JSA) to sweep for mines, the UNC said in its Facebook post.

"Not only is the activity necessary for ensuring safety, it offers another opportunity for meaningful coordination with our #KoreanPeoplesArmy counterparts in Panmunjom," the post said.

The unification ministry has been working with the UNC since November to repair sinking sections of the bridge built over a wetland. Upon completion, it plans to allow visitors access to the previously off-limit points.

The ministry plans to kick off the repair work this month with the goal of completing it by this year.

South Korean President Moon and North Korean leader Kim took a stroll and had a private conversation at the bridge during their summit on April 27, 2018.

Visitors stand on a footbridge in the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the border village of Panmunjom on May 1, 2019, as the JSA tours resumed after a temporary suspension. The bridge became famous after South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took a stroll across it during their first summit in April last year. (Yonhap)

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