North And South Korea Agree To Reconnect Roads, Rails

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon left shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Ri Son Gwon during their meeting at the southern side of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone South Korea Monday Oct. 15

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Ri Son-gwon after high-level inter-Korean meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom on October 15, 2018.

Seoul and Pyongyang also agreed in separate talks Monday to begin reconnecting rail and road links despite concerns that may undermine the US -led global pressure campaign that includes punishing economic sanctions to try to force the North to show concrete progress in its vow to denuclearize.

They agreed to resume economic cooperation, including relinking railways and roads.

No further details were given.

But the agreement was short on specifics and talks have made little headway since, with the North refusing to declare its nuclear weapons and facilities or agree to a concrete timeline.

The North Korean leader committed to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in his first meeting with Moon held in April, then reiterated this position in his historic summit with US President Donald Trump in June.

In a third meeting this year, senior officials from North and South Korea have agreed to bolster military, sporting and diplomatic ties in talks aimed at resolving ongoing denuclearization issues.

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The head of Seoul's financial watchdog said last week that the US Department of Treasury held a conference call with South Korean banks in September urging them to "adhere to the United Nations and US sanctions against North Korea".

South Korea's Unification Ministry also said Monday after high-level talks that the rivals agreed to soon hold general-level military talks to discuss reducing border tensions and setting up a joint military committee that's meant to maintain communication and avoid crises and accidental clashes.

Washington has said it will keep sanctions on North Korea until the regime abandons its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said the discussions will include setting up a joint survey of a North Korean railroad section the Koreas plan to connect with the South. South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha also told lawmakers last week that Pompeo expressed displeasure about agreements reached by Moon and Kim to reduce conventional military threats and asked a number of questions about the deal "since he hadn't been adequately briefed".

In a weekend television interview with the US program 60 Minutes on CBS, President Donald Trump said of the North Korean leader "I trust him.I like him". It is located inside the 4-kilometer-wide (2 1/2-mile-wide) Demilitarized Zone, which is a heavily fortified zone that has formed the de facto border between the Koreas since the 1950-53 Korean War.

Meetings will also be held on reforestation on Oct. 22, and on health and disease prevention in late October at a joint liaison office opened last month in the North's border city of Kaesong.

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