Korea talks cross-border road connection

The two Koreas are holding working-level talks Thursday to discuss plans to connect roads over the border amid a thaw in inter-Korean relations.

They are expected to discuss ways to modernize and link cross-border roads as a follow-up to the agreement their leaders reached in a summit on April 27 to expand inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation in diverse areas. 

Infrastructure is expected to play an important role in boosting inter-Korean exchanges going forward. Roads and railways in North Korea are said to be decrepit and require lots of repair work.

Given international sanctions that ban economic cooperation with the North, however, observers said there could be limits to make headway in Thursday’s talks, expecting the two sides could agree to conduct a joint study on relevant matters for now.

The meeting is the latest in a flurry of working-level inter-Korean talks following their leaders’ historic summit in April at which they agreed to expand cooperation and exchanges in diverse areas.