The Republic of Korea (ROK) Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul said Tuesday that the country will push for the project with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to reconnect railways and roads across the inter-Korean border as well as other joint projects.
The two Korean officials unveil the sign of Seoul to Pyeongyang during a groundbreaking ceremony for the reconnection of railways and roads at the Panmun Station in Kaesong, DPRK, December 26, 2018. (Photo: Yonhap via Reuters).
made the remark during a meeting with lawmakers of the parliamentary committee
for unification and foreign affairs, according to local media reports.
According to the minister,
ROK will seek first to repair its own section of the cross-border railways and
roads while continuing efforts to re-link and modernize railways and roads
along the eastern and western Korean Peninsula.
The two Koreas held a
groundbreaking ceremony in December 2018 at the DPRK's border town of Kaesong
for the reconnection project, but construction works had yet to start owing to
international sanctions against Pyongyang.
In his New Year speech last
month, ROK President Moon Jae-in offered a broader inter-Korean cooperation
this year to the DPRK.
The reconnection project was
agreed upon by Moon and the Chairman of DPRK Kim Jong Un following their first
summit in April 2018. The two Koreas had jointly conducted on-spot surveys on
the eastern and western railways and roads of the DPRK.
The ROK minister said the
government will also push for ROK people individual tour to the DPRK, while
seeking to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics together with the DPRK.
The two Koreas already
delivered their intent to jointly play host to the 2032 Olympics to the
International Olympic Committee.
A recent comment by Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra - "We are driving through the mist and we don’t know what the next phase looks like” - might cause confusion but it accurately reflects the reality of economies in the Eurozone. Recognising the imminent risk, the only monetary union in the world has yet to agree on measures to respond to the "economic shock” caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) to help launch a stimulus package in the trillions of dollars to keep businesses, workers and households afloat in face of the coronavirus. By the end of this year, the cost of this pandemic is likely to be measured in the trillions of dollars, Guterres told G20 leaders in a letter dated March 23.
With surging confirmed COVID-19 cases, European nations adopted a raft of further measures on Sunday (March 22) to peg back the contagion, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel has put herself in quarantine after a doctor she met Friday tested positive.
Over 100,000 people across Europe had tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of Thursday (March 19) evening, prompting European governments to unleash more anti-virus measures.
Numbers for both new deaths and new cures from Italy's coronavirus outbreak released Wednesday (March 18) are the highest on record, as health officials scramble to find enough doctors to confront the outbreak's spread.
The World Bank has earmarked a US$100-million fast-track loan to help the Philippines fight COVID-19, the Philippine Department of Finance said. The Philippines now has 193 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 14 deaths. Four patients have recovered from the viral disease.