South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed Friday to hold working-level talks early next week to schedule the joint survey of roads across the inter-Korean border, according to South Korea's unification ministry.
Lee Eugene, deputy spokesperson of the unification ministry, told a regular press briefing that the second round of joint road research meeting will be held on Monday at the inter-Korean liaison office in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong.
During the meeting, the two sides would discuss the schedule to conduct a joint survey of roads along the eastern Korean Peninsula and other various issues, the deputy spokesperson said.
The first round of the meeting was held on Aug. 13, and the joint research group of the two Koreas surveyed roads along the western peninsula from Kaesong to Pyongyang, the DPRK's capital city, for seven days.
Lee said South Korea will closely consult with the U.S. side and the United Nations Command on the issue.
South Korea and the DPRK were originally scheduled to conduct a joint field survey of railways across the border in late October, but it had yet to be launched because of the U.S. stance that the improvement of inter-Korean ties should proceed at the same pace as the denuclearization talks.
The deputy spokesperson said South Korea will continue to consult with the DPRK on the joint road research issues to faithfully implement the agreement reached by the two Koreas.