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N Korea at crossroads

Two Koreas give road and rail projects a ceremonial push

Sanctions loom over groundbreaking event for transport links

A train takes South Korean officials to inspect the North's railway infrastructure on Nov. 30, weeks before the groundbreaking ceremony.    © Kyodo

SEOUL -- North and South Korea on Wednesday took a step toward reconnecting roads and railways across their divided peninsula, though international sanctions against Pyongyang still stand in the way.

Aiming to maintain the recent mood of reconciliation, the neighbors held a groundbreaking ceremony at Panmun Station in the northern border city of Kaesong. About 200 officials from both sides attended, including South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and Ri Son Gwon, the chairman of North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.

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