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First train to cross DMZ sparks celebration in Korea

by Pat Coate | May 21, 2007
"This will be a turning point for overcoming the legacy of the Cold War era, tearing down the wall of division and opening a new era for peace and reunification."
- Lee Jae-Joung, South Korea unification minister

Munsan Station, South Korea - Crowds cheered while a small group of protesters wept Thursday as the first train to cross the inter-Korean border in 56 years set off from Munsan Station Thursday.

Firecrackers exploded and spectators waved white-and-blue Korean "reunification" flags as the five-car train pulled out to make the historic crossing of the world�s last Cold War frontier.

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