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Russia and North Korea are working on the construction of a cross-border automobile pontoon bridge

The creation of a road service between the Russian Federation and North Korea is being worked out by a specially created working group, the press service of the Minsk Region reported on the results of the meeting between Minister Alexander Galushka and Vice Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Planning Commission of the DPRK Roo Du Cher. The minister is in Pyongyang with a working visit, heading the delegation of the Russian Federation.

"There are 23 automobile checkpoints between the DPRK and China, and not one with Russia. Currently, when importing goods from the Far East, they do not come across the border with Russia, but through China. This greatly extends the path. It is necessary to consider the possibility of creating an automobile bridge over the Tumannaya River, "the words of the North Korean representative are quoted in the message. He added that it is possible to reconstruct the existing railway bridge and make it available for cars. Alexander Galushka responded that the government of the Russian Federation instructed the Ministry of Transport to work out the issue of creating such a bridge crossing. "A working group has already been set up, which must work out a solution. The construction of the bridge is a useful undertaking in our relations. As the first step, we could consider the creation of a pontoon crossing, "the press service quotes. The head of the Minsk region asked the deputy prime minister of the DPRK to instruct the relevant ministries to provide the working group with data on the possible cargo base of this direction as soon as possible, and instruct the DPRK Ministry of Transport to take an active part in the work of this working group.

It is also reported that at the bilateral meeting the project of the railway communication Hasan-Rajin was discussed. Mr. Galushka noted that the transport project today is considered as a pilot part of the project, which is designed to connect the trans-Korean railway line with Transsib. According to him, the creation of such a transport corridor of length 14 thousand km allows you to double the time of delivery of goods to Europe in comparison with the sea. "The South Korean side said that it is actively studying the possibility of joining the project and its desire to translate it into a trilateral format," he said.

At the end of the meeting, the minister asked Roo Do Chera to deliver a gift specially brought from Russia for the leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong-un.

The bilateral meeting was held immediately after the eighth meeting of the intergovernmental commission on trade, economic and scientific and technical cooperation between the Russian Federation and the DPRK. The meeting discusses issues of bilateral cooperation, including in the fields of transport, energy, industry, agriculture and fishery, education, science and technology, ecology and sports.
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