A South Korean train runs toward the North Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone between the two countries during a ceremony Wednesday marking the historic reconstruction of the railway and highway.
KOSUNG/DORASAN STATION, South Korea, Sept. 18 â Longtime rivals South and North Korea began work on Wednesday to relink railways and roads, a landmark event symbolically piercing the worldâs last Cold War frontier. It was the latest in a series of signs that communist North Korea was gradually opening up to the outside world after decades of isolation.
SOUTH KOREAN officials at sites on the east and west coasts of the divided peninsula pressed buttons to symbolize the start of work, which will begin in earnest on Thursday when mine-clearing starts in the Demilitarized Zone.
âToday we are standing at the start of a new era during which the South and the North will move forward hand in hand toward the future,â said South Korean Acting Prime Minister Kim Suk-soo in a speech at Dorasan Station on the west coast. âWe are burying a history marked by the scars of war and the pain of division.â ...