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Joint Press Release of Inter-Korean Railway Cooperation Talks


Joint Press Release of Inter-Korean Railway Cooperation Talks

The South and the North held Inter-Korean Railway Cooperation Talks on June 26, 2018 at the South side of Panmunjeom, Peace House and agreed to take practical measures raised for the connection, modernization and utilization of Donghae(East Sea) and Gyeongui(Seoul-Sinuiju) railways.

1. In accordance with the historic Panmunjeom Declaration, the South and the North agreed to simultaneously carry out the Donghae and Gyeongui railway cooperation, confirming that it holds significant importance in achieving a balanced development of national economy and co-prosperity.

2. The South and the North will conduct a joint on-site survey of North’s sections(Geumgangsan(Mt. Geumgang)-Dumangang(Duman River), Gaeseong-Sinuiju) as the project at the forefront for the modernization of the Donghae and Gyeongui railways.

① A South-North Joint Research Team will first be arranged for the modernization and connection of inter-Korean railways.

② The joint on-site survey will start with the Gyeongui line on July 24, and proceed to the Donghae line.

3. The South and the North will first conduct joint inspections on the Gyeongui railway junction(Munsan-Gaeseong) in mid-July, followed by Donghae junction(Jejin-Mt.Geumgang), and proceed necessary follow-up measures including construction in the vicinity of train stations and establishment of signals and communications according to the result.

4. The South and the North agreed to carry out connection and modernization of Donghae and Gyeongui railways at a high level. To this end, the two sides will set up practical measures in detail including blueprint and construction methods for railway modernization. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the earliest possible date based on the result.

5. The South and the North agreed to discuss practical matters raised in the process of carrying out the agreements above in the form of document exchange through the Panmunjeom communications channel.

June 26, 2018

* Unofficial translation