A railroad section between the Russian railway station of Khasan near the North Korean border and the Rajin port in North Korea will be launched in the near future, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Margulov said at a reception marking the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

"A railway section between the Khasan border station and the Rajin port, whose reconstruction was financed by Russian Railways [RTS: RZHD], will be launched in a ceremony in several days to mark the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries," he said.

"We expect successful implementation of this pilot project to make it possible in the future to start a more ambitious program of cooperation to link the Trans-Siberian Railway and the Trans-Korean Railway, which will certainly call for close interaction with our South Korean partners," Margulov said.

Russia welcomes the resumption of the inter-Korean dialogue, Margulov said. "We hope that this will be followed by gradual normalization of relations between the North and the South, which would benefit our tripartite economic projects," he said.

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