HISTORIC ROAD CONNECTS NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA




Robert Harneis –TDO- (FRANCE) - The two Korean states have connected a three-kilometer road inside the demilitarized zone separating them, for the first time since the war ended in 1953. The road will be used to excavate a 60-year-old battle site. At the same time North Korea is reported to have dismantled 10 frontier observation posts.

The road has great political significance for future communications between North and South.

In addition, South Korea said on Saturday it had received sanctions exemptions from the U.N. Security Council for a joint survey of inter-Korean railways, the first step towards reconnecting rail and road links cut during the 1950-53 Korean War.

In April, the leaders of the two Koreas agreed to adopt practical steps to reconnect railways and roads as part of efforts to improve bilateral relationships.

‘The sanctions exemption has big implications given that the project has garnered recognition and support from the United States and the international society,’ South Korea's presidential spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom said.

He expressed hope of quick construction of the railways, which he said will take inter-Korean cooperation to a new level. The energy hungry South Korean government is also particularly interested in a gas pipeline through North Korea from Russia.