Train Will Reunite Koreas—Briefly

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2007 3:25 PM CDT
South Korean chief delegate Army Maj. Gen. Jeong Seung-jo, right, shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Kim Young Chol after a military meeting at the North side of the border village of Panmunjom,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – North and South Korea agreed today to allow the first train crossing of their heavily guarded border in over half a century. Two tracks have been reconnected for the test run on Thursday, the first time rail service has linked the countries since the middle of the Korean War.

Resumption of full service is unlikely to happen anytime soon. In the long term, South Korea envisions a link to the Trans-Siberian Railway, connecting the peninsula to Europe and dramatically reducing the time and money involved in shipping freight by sea.