South Korean soldiers gather at Arrowhead Ridge, a site of battles in the 1950-53 Korean War, as a tactical road is built across the military demarcation line inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the central section of the inter-Korean border in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province, ROK
The ministry said effective inter-Korean economic cooperation will be advanced for following the easing or lifting of sanctions on the DPRK in the process of denuclearization, but it noted that it will make steady preparations in advance for a smooth cooperation when the conditions are met.
The ROK and the DPRK on Friday agreed to actively cooperate in upgrading the direct communications line between the two sides.
The agreement was reached following the working-level talks on upgrading the decrepit communications line across the border, which were held earlier in the day at the inter-Korean liaison office in the DPRK’s border town of Kaesong.
During the talks, the two sides shared the view that the decrepit direct communications line between the authorities of the two Koreas needed to be replaced with optical cables. The current line is made of copper.
The five-member South Korean delegation was led by Chung Chang-min, a director-general-level official with the Ministry of Science and ICT. The DPRK delegation was represented by Ri Yong Min, a senior official in charge of communications affairs.