Russia's Putin to Visit Korea about a Connecting Railroad Corridor, Part of the Eurasian Land-Bridge

3 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Russia's Putin to Visit Korea about a Connecting Railroad Corridor, Part of the Eurasian Land-Bridge</h1><p><center><img height="134" src="/files/pictures/683a9c1c142065e4be4da15b140301c1/original.jpg" width="227" /></center></p><p>May 3 (EIRNS)--South Korea's President Roh Moo-hyun has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Korea to discuss speeding up connection of the Russian Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR) to the Trans-Korean Railway (TKR), <i>Donga press service</i> quoted a senior official of the Uri political party saying May 2.<div class="left_image"><img height="153" src="/files/pictures/4d47012a4d4f557b733cb6c90d6e9ca6/original.jpg" width="105" /></div></p><p>"Former Prime Minister Han Myeong-sook ... delivered a personally handwritten letter from President Roh to President Putin on April 25," the official said.</p><p>"Considering that the test runs of the Gyeongui and Donghae lines [the two new connections of the South Korean to the North Korean rail lines, finished in 2003] were agreed to be carried out on the 17th of May, at the 13th inter-Korean economic cooperation talks, it can be assumed that the request was made to resolve the deadlock in business cooperation between the [Russian] TSR and [Korean] TKR."</p><div class="right_image"><img height="151" src="/files/pictures/654eaadec77961324e5df5622ae58639/original.jpg" width="100" /></div><p>Han also met Vladimir Yakunin, the president of the Russian Railways, and the two had an "in-depth" discussion on building the rail links from Russia through the Korean Peninsula.</p><p>This project to build the rail connection between Korea and Russia was agreed upon by former Korea President Kim Dae-jung and Putin in February 2001, but has not yet been started.</p><p>Recently, progress has been made in resolving the Korean peninsula nuclear issue by the Six-Party talks, and, independently, the two Korean governments agreed to go ahead with test runs on the completed rail lines.</p><p>For more on The Eurasian Land-bridge go to:</p></div></body>