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Rajin-Khasan Railway Section Opens for Service
| Rason, September 22 (KCNA) -- Rajin-Khasan railway section has been successfully rebuilt and opened for service with due ceremony in Rajin on Sunday.
The opening of the section will greatly contribute to developing the friendly and cooperative relations between Russia and the DPRK.
Present at the ceremony from the DPRK side were Jon Kil Su, minister of Railways, O Ryong Chol, vice-minister of Foreign Trade, Ri Chol Sok, vice-chairman of the State Commission for Economic Development, Jo Jong Ho, chairman of the Rason City People's Committee, Im Chon Il, consul general of the DPRK to Nakhodka, officials in the field of railways and people in Rason City.
Present there from the Russian side were V. I. Yakunin, president of the "Russian Railways" Company, Alexei Tsijenov, vice-minister of Transport, Sergey Sidorov, first vice-governor of the Maritime Territory Administration, Alexandr Timonin, Russian ambassador to the DPRK, Vyacheslav Tsupikov, consul general of Russia to Chongjin, and Russians including those concerned with the railways.
Diplomatic envoys to the DPRK also attended.
V. I. Yakunin in the opening ceremony said the section has opened for service under Russia-DPRK Moscow Declaration signed by the top leaders of the two countries in 2001.
To press for the renovation of the railways running through the land of Korea will be of great contribution to the development of economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region in the future, he stressed.
Minister of Railways of the DPRK in his speech said that the plan of linking DPRK-Russia railways serves as a model of wide-ranging bilateral cooperation which meets the common progress and interests of the two peoples.
He expressed the conviction that the operation of the opened railways section will be successful as it was made on the principle of mutual respect and cooperation between the railway transportation fields of the two countries.
There were congratulatory speeches.
The ceremony ended with the playing of national anthems of the two countries. It was followed by a reception.
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