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President Moon and Russian Prime Minister Medvedev pose before holding talks in Moscow on Thursday.

Trans-Siberian Railway to Busan mooted as Moon arrives in Russia

(The Korea Herald) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in was set to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, following the two countries’ pledge to improve bilateral ties on economic cooperation and denuclearisation of North Korea.
The two leaders were expected to discuss ways to support diplomatic efforts to foster nuclear negotiations with the North and to improve trilateral economic cooperation between the two Koreas and Russia.
The summit came a day after Moon’s historic parliamentary address and meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, during which Moon stressed the importance of expanding the Trans-Siberian railway all the way to the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula.
“Among the trilateral cooperation on the railway, electricity, and energy, connecting railways (between Russia and the two Koreas) appears to be most likely,” said Moon during his meeting with Medvedev.
Moon noted there is “a lot in common” between the South Korean government’s Northern Policy and the Russian government’s New East Policy, as both aim to develop the cross-border region with North Korea.
Medvedev agreed that that the prospect of trilateral cooperation is rising as North Korea and the US improve their ties following the historic summit in Singapore on June 12, according to Cheong WaDae.  The Russian prime minister also showed “great interest” in connecting electricity networks across the region and enhancing cooperation on developing natural gas in Russia, presidential spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom said.
The meeting followed Moon’s speech at the Russian parliament in Moscow, during which he laid out his vision of enhancing trilateral cooperation between the two Koreas and Russia and connecting the Trans-Siberian Railway to the South Korean port city of Busan.
Moon also stressed that such trilateral cooperation would help establish an economic community in Northeast Asia. If the two Koreas replace the current armistice agreement with a peace treaty, the Northeast Asia region will be able to establish its own “collective security system,” he added.


(Latest Update
June 23,
2018)


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