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North Korea: Russian Railways opens vital artery from Pacific to Atlantic01:05

North Korea: Russian Railways opens vital artery from Pacific to Atlantic

Korea, Democratic People's Republic of, Rajin
September 22, 2013 at 19:59 GMT +00:00 · Published

North Korea: Russian Railways opens vital artery from Pacific to Atlantic

President of the Russian Railways authority Vladimir Yakunin attended the ceremonial launch of a 54km long section of the railroad linking Russia to North Korea on Sunday, in the North Korean port city of Rajin. The line connects the Russian railway station of Khasan near the North Korean border with the port city.

Yakunin lauded the projects political value, commenting: "We believe in cooperation. We always work for peace. We hope that this project will not only contribute to peace on the Korean peninsula but also help to develop peaceful and friendly relations between our countries and countries from other parts of the world. Thank you."

The stretch was reopened upon the completion of a reconstruction project on the Khasan-Rajin section of Trans-Korean Railway, financed by Russian Railways. The project, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in 2000, redeveloped three tunnels, a railway bridge and introduced a new cargo terminal in Rajin with a throughput capacity of four million tons of cargo a year.

The route will be a vital artery connecting Eastern Asia to Europe, presenting a safer alternative to sea routes which remain vulnerable to Somali pirates trawling the seas surrounding the Suez Canal.

The event falls on the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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North Korea: Russian Railways opens vital artery from Pacific to Atlantic

President of the Russian Railways authority Vladimir Yakunin attended the ceremonial launch of a 54km long section of the railroad linking Russia to North Korea on Sunday, in the North Korean port city of Rajin. The line connects the Russian railway station of Khasan near the North Korean border with the port city.

Yakunin lauded the projects political value, commenting: "We believe in cooperation. We always work for peace. We hope that this project will not only contribute to peace on the Korean peninsula but also help to develop peaceful and friendly relations between our countries and countries from other parts of the world. Thank you."

The stretch was reopened upon the completion of a reconstruction project on the Khasan-Rajin section of Trans-Korean Railway, financed by Russian Railways. The project, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in 2000, redeveloped three tunnels, a railway bridge and introduced a new cargo terminal in Rajin with a throughput capacity of four million tons of cargo a year.

The route will be a vital artery connecting Eastern Asia to Europe, presenting a safer alternative to sea routes which remain vulnerable to Somali pirates trawling the seas surrounding the Suez Canal.

The event falls on the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).