Koreas survey North’s railways in hopes of joining networks
November 30, 2018 -- A South Korean train has crossed into North Korea for the first time in a decade as the two countries conduct joint surveys of northern railway sections they hope someday to connect with the South.
The inspections represent one of the most significant goodwill gestures between the Koreas in past months as they push ahead with engagement amid a stalemate in larger negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.
The Koreas plan to hold a groundbreaking ceremony by the end of the year on an ambitious project to connect their railways and roads as agreed by their leaders.
But beyond surveys and tape-cuttings, the Koreas cannot move much further along without the removal of U.S.-led sanctions against the North, which isn’t likely before it takes firmer steps toward relinquishing its nuclear weapons and missiles.