Two Koreas agree on cross-border train from next week
North and South Korea have agreed to run a regular daily cross-border freight train service from next week for the first time in over half a century, officials said yesterday.
Negotiators from both sides on Saturday mapped out details on the rail service at talks in the North in a follow-up to their leaders' agreement, the South's unification ministry said in a statement.
President Roh Moo-Hyun and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il agreed at a historic summit in early October to resume regular freight services, and both sides last month set December 11 for their inauguration.
The service, the first since the 1950-53 Korean War, will begin with a twice-daily border crossing by a 10-carriage cargo train, the ministry said.
The train will leave Munsan in the South at 9:00 am (0000GMT) and reach Bongdong in the North before returning to Munsan at 2:00 pm, it said.