Rail links Russia and sanctions-squeezed North Korea
SEOUL (AFP) - Russia and North Korea have reopened a rail link that Pyongyang hopes will offer a trading boost to the isolated, sanctions-squeezed state.
The 54-kilometre track from the Russian border town of Khasan to the North Korean port of Rajin was opened for service at a special ceremony on Sunday, the North's official KCNA news agency reported.
Rajin is the centrepiece of the Rason Special Economic Zone established by North Korea in 1991 in an apparent effort to emulate the success of similar zones set up by China.
Located in the far northeast where the borders of North Korea, Russia and China converge, Rajin was chosen because of its potential as a warm-water port for the North's two giant neighbours.