Vladimir Putin is inching closer to his goal of turning Russia into a major transit route for trade between eastern Asia and Europe by prying open North Korea, a nuclear-capable dictatorship isolated for half a century.
Russia last month completed the first land link that North Korea’s Stalinist regime has allowed to the outside world since 2003. Running between Khasan in Russia’s southeastern corner and North Korea’s rebuilt port of Rajin, the 54-kilometer rail link is part of a project President Putin is pushing that would reunite the railway systems of the two Koreas and tie them to the Trans-Siberian Railway.
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This is big news. How will Putin handle break-of-gauge for North Korea or are they going to lay russian gauge directly to the North Korea ports or is it the other way around?
North Korean Gauge to the Russian yard at Khasan, Primorsky Krai, Russia and then onto Russian Gauge across to the European networks?