December 06, 2018 09:52
The two Koreas on Wednesday finished a joint survey of a railway line on the west coast of North Korea that is to be reconnected to the South.
South Korean officials had been inspecting the 400 km railway line between Kaesong and Sinuiju since Nov. 30. A separate team will cross the border on Saturday to continue the survey on the east coast.
The condition "wasn't any better or worse than we had seen" during an earlier survey in 2007, Lim Jong-il of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport told reporters on return to the South.
The train they took "ran slowly in the section south of Pyongyang, but quite fast on the section north of the capital where international trains run," Lim added. "Speeds varied between 20 and 60 km/h."
Asked if the railroad needs completely new tracks, he said, "We'll know after a detailed follow-up survey later."
The cost of repairing and reconnecting the railway lines could snowball if the condition of the North Korean tracks on the east coast is also bad. The survey on the east coast line from Mt. Kumgang to Duman River will last until Dec. 17.
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