The two Koreas sign an agreement to connect by train and road

The governments of North Korea and South Korea have sealed an agreement to start this year a project with which to finally connect both countries by rail and road through the common border, within the framework of the high-level agreements held on Monday. in Panmunjom.

The meeting brought together the Korean Unification Minister, Cho Myoung Gyon, and his counterpart from the northern part, Ri Son Gwon, who have signed practical measures to advance the détente agreed by the presidents at their third bilateral summit, held at mid September

The two parties have issued a joint statement to announce, among other issues, the agreement to start road and rail connection work. The two countries, have explained, “will hold a ceremony for the start of the works, at the end of November or the beginning of December”

At the end of October the analysis of the state of the infrastructures in the western part of the peninsula will begin, while at the beginning of November these same works will be moved to the eastern zone, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

Seoul and Pyongyang also agreed on Monday to hold dialogues with the Red Cross to discuss issues related to the reunification of war-torn families, as well as to organize “as soon as possible” a general-level military meeting to ease tensions.

The commitments extend to the sports field, since at the end of October the two Koreas will maintain a dialogue focused on the possible joint organization of the Olympic Games of 2032, a budding initiative that has been viewed with good eyes by the International Olympic Committee ( IOC).