Friday, November 23, 2007

Bilateral Relations: S Korea and DPRK to operate daily cross-border railway cargo transport

Xinhua reports South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have agreed to operate a daily cargo train service across the border from Dec. 11, South Korean Unification Ministry said.

The two sides "agreed to start a daily cargo train service between (South Korea's) Munsan and (DPRK's) Bongdong on Dec. 11 and jointly hold an opening ceremony on Dec. 11," South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Nam-shik said in a press release.

The agreement came after Working-level talks between the two sides held in DPRK's border city of Kaesong, the spokesman said.

It will be the first time that South Korea and DPRK resume normal railway transportation across their border since the 1950-1953 Korean War.

The cargo train will be operated once everyday between the 19.8-km-long route from Munsan to Bongdong, which is close to the Kaesong Inter-Korean Industrial Complex, the ministry said.