Press Release of Inter-Korean Road Cooperation Talks
South and the North held Inter-Korean Road Cooperation Talks at
Panmunjeom on June 26, 2018 to carry out the historic Panmunjeom
Declaration. The two sides agreed to take practical measures for the
road modernization of the Donghae and Gyeongui lines.
The South and the North confirmed that the modernization of the
Donghae and Gyeongui roads hold significant importance in achieving
a balanced development of national economy and co-prosperity, and
agreed to carry out the projects simultaneously.
The South and the North agreed to discuss and finalize practical
measures including the scope, object, level, and method of road modernization.
① The section to be modernized for the Donghae Line is from Goseong
to Wonsan, and from Gaeseong to Pyeongyang for the Gyeongui Line.
The two sides agreed to further expand such modernization projects
in time to come.
② The scope of construction and the level of modernization of all
concerned subjects(road, infrastructure, safety and operation
facilities) will be determined considering international standards
and regional characteristics.
③ The South and the North will jointly design and carry out
constructions for the modernization of roads.
④ The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the earliest possible
date, when necessary preparations are made.
3. The South and the North agreed to precede with joint survey of
the section of roads to be modernized.
① To this end, a joint research team for the connection and
modernization of inter-Korean roads will first be formed.
② The joint on-site survey will start from the Gyeongui line in
early August, followed by the Donghae line.
4. The South and the North agreed to work together to jointly
develop advanced technology necessary for road construction and
operation in order to lay technological foundation for the road modernization.
5. The South and the North agreed to discuss practical matters
related to the joint survey on the modernization of the Donghae and
Gyeongui road portion through document exchange, and carry out
bilateral working-level contacts if necessary.