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South Korea to send trains to North Korea in joint survey to connect railways separated since Korean War

Three sites are under consideration for a second U.S. -DPRK summit, President Donald Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Saturday, en route back from a G20 meeting in Argentina.

The Koreas plan to hold a groundbreaking ceremony by the end of the year on an ambitious project to connect their railways and roads as agreed by their leaders.

Complications: The Washington Post reported that in order for the trip to happen, South Korea had to receive special permission from the United Nations due to sanctions that are now in place on North Korea. They reviewed the recent developments related to the DPRK and discussed how best to work with the global community, including South Korea, to continue to put pressure on the DPRK until it implements its commitment to denuclearize.

Although more than 32,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea, most have done so through China, eventually making their way to a South Korean embassy in another country.

A train will leave Seoul Station in the early morning and arrive in the North Korean city of Sinuiju, near the Chinese border, before heading to Pyongyang. A freight train that ran from Dorasan Station in the South to Panmun Station in the North was stopped on November 28, 2008, after inter-Korean relations became strained.

The history of the inter-Korean railways: Before the Korean War, two rail systems connected the northern and southern parts of the Korean Peninsula, per AFP.

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"This signals the start of co-prosperity of the North and the South by reconnecting railways", Transport Minister Kim Hyun-mee said. The initiative is part of this year's ongoing inter-Korean collaboration projects.

A North Korean locomotive will take over the six-car train from Panmun Station.

The train will include passenger and sleeping cars as well as a power-generator auto and a fuel tank. Seoul took 55,000 liters (14,529 gallons) of diesel, a UN-sanctioned item, to the North for the journey. That survey is slated to be completed by December 5, according to the South Korean Unification Ministry.

The 28 experts will live on the train for the next 18 days while inspecting 1,200km (745 miles) of track and railway infrastructure.

Border guards were demolished After the heavy tensions of recent years due to the numerous nuclear and missile tests of North Korea, the leaders in Seoul and Pyongyang had recently come closer. On the eastern coast they will study 800 kilometers of North Korean tracks from Anbyon County, Kangwon Province, to the northeastern edge of the Tumen River.

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