North Korea, Russia reach agreement on Khasan-Rajin railwayMarch 16th, 2008 - 6:09 pm ICT by admin
Pyongyang, March 16 (Xinhua) North Korea has reached an agreement with Russia on reconstruction of the Khasan-Rajin railway, the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported Sunday. A delegation from the Russian Railways Company held talks with the North Korean railway and commerce ministries as well as officials from other departments on renovating the 55-km Khasan-Rajin railway and the Rajin port, the report said.
The two sides reached agreement to start the renovation work at an early date, the report said.
The Khasan-Rajin railway links Russia’s Khasan border settlement to the North Korea’s Rajin port.
Due to different rail gauges of the two countries, the reconstruction requires the laying of new railway tracks, rebuilding of tunnels and bridges, and upgrading of the automatic signal systems.
The handling capacity of the Rajin port, a major harbour in the northeastern part of North Korea, will also be expanded after the reconstruction.