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SKorea calls for talks with Russia on rail links, economic cooperation

SKorea calls for talks with Russia on rail links, economic cooperation

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for talks on linking the Trans-Siberian Railway to a planned inter-Korean railway, an official from Roh's office said Thursday.
The proposal, made in a personal letter to Putin, was conveyed by former South Korean Prime Minister Han Myeong-sook, who visited Moscow last month to attend the funeral of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, the official said on the condition of anonymity, citing policy.
Roh did not propose a date for Putin's possible trip to Seoul, which would also address economic cooperation between the countries, the official said.
The announcement comes less than a week before North and South Korea resume high-level military talks to work out security arrangements for planned historic test runs of trains across their heavily guarded border.
The rival Koreas agreed during economic talks last month to conduct the test runs on rebuilt rail tracks on May 17. The North has promised to try to persuade its military to guarantee travelers' safety during the test runs.
Last year, the North unilaterally called off planned rail tests at the last minute, citing objections from its military.
South Korea hopes a train link through the North will provide faster routes to Europe for its exports.


Updated : 2021-08-03 02:49 GMT+08:00