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Transsiberian railway project with the participation of Russia in the future will connect the North with Europe - North Korea
North Korea is confident that the Transsiberian railway project with the participation of Russia in the long term will connect the North with Europe, IA RUSKOR reports.
The project started at the end of last month, assuming first of all to connect two stations in the coal fields of Jaedong in South Pyongan province with the western port of Nampo.
Kim Chol-ho, spokesman for the Ministry of Railways of the North, told Tongil Sinbo weekly that the rail project is only the "first phase" of a transcontinental railroad linking the two Koreas and Russia with the rest of Europe.
Kim noted that the 20-year project is modernizing over 3 000 kilometers of the railways of the North and implements the Moscow declaration from 2001, which envisages the creation of a Trans-Siberian railway from South Korea.
However, experts have little hope for this. Cho Bon Hong (Cho Bong-hyun) from the IBK Economic Research Institute in Seoul commented: “Although North Korea and Russia agreed to modernize the North’s railway system, the project will face many surprises, and North Korea will have to think that South Korea’s participation is vital.”