S.Korea to push for inter-Korean railway, road reconnection project

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SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul said Tuesday that the country will push for the project with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to reconnect railways and roads across the inter-Korean border as well as other joint projects.

Kim made the remark during a meeting with lawmakers of the parliamentary committee for unification and foreign affairs, according to local media reports.

According to the minister, South Korea will seek first to repair its own section of the cross-border railways and roads while continuing efforts to re-link and modernize railways and roads along the eastern and western Korean Peninsula.

The two Koreas held a groundbreaking ceremony in December 2018 at the DPRK's border town of Kaesong for the reconnection project, but construction works had yet to start owing to international sanctions against Pyongyang.

In his New Year speech last month, South Korean President Moon Jae-in offered a broader inter-Korean cooperation this year to the DPRK.

The reconnection project was agreed upon by Moon and top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un following their first summit in April 2018. The two Koreas had jointly conducted on-spot surveys on the eastern and western railways and roads of the DPRK.

The South Korean minister said the government will also push for South Koreans' individual tour to the DPRK, while seeking to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics together with the DPRK.

The two Koreas already delivered their intent to jointly play host to the 2032 Olympics to the International Olympic Committee. Enditem

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