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North, South Korea to Conduct Railway Test Runs


North and South Korea have agreed to conduct a test-run of two cross-border railways for the first time since the peninsula was divided more than half a century ago.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said the two sides will conduct test runs May 25 on a small length of track on rail links on the east and west coasts of the peninsula.

The agreement was reached Saturday on the final day of inter-Korean talks in the North Korean border city of Kaesong.

Despite the test-runs, it is unclear if the two sides will formally open the railways, or how they will be used.

The announcement comes as South and North Korean generals prepare to meet next week for a new round of military talks.

The three-day meeting begins Tuesday in the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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