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Thursday, December 13, 2018, 22:56
ROK, DPRK to hold ceremony for rail, road connection on Dec 26
By Xinhua
Thursday, December 13, 2018, 22:56 By Xinhua

SEOUL – The Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday agreed to hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Dec 26 for railway and road connections across the inter-Korean border, according to Seoul's unification ministry.

About 100 respective officials from the two Koreas will attend the ceremony at the Panmun Station in DPRK border town of Kaesong on Dec 26

The ceremony, which ROK President Moon Jae-in and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un agreed to hold during their third summit in Pyongyang in September, will be held at the Panmun Station in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong.

The agreement was reached after working-level talks between the two sides at Kaesong Thursday.

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About 100 respective officials from the ROK and the DPRK would attend the ceremony, according to officials. 

The two sides agreed to discuss further details, according to Seoul's unification ministry.

The four-member ROK delegation was led by Kim Chang-su, deputy chief of the liaison office from the ROK side. Hwang Chung Song, a senior official at the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland led the DPRK side.

During their third summit held in Pyongyang, President Moon and DPRK leader Kim agreed to hold the groundbreaking ceremony before the end of this year.

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The two leaders agreed to modernize and eventually connect railways and roads across the inter-Korean border after their first summit in April at the border village of Panmunjom.

The two Koreas launched an 18-day joint inspection on the DPRK's railways on Nov 30, and they have already conducted a joint survey of roads along the western Korean Peninsula.

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