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US military blocks proposed railway linking North & South Korea

RT | September 1, 2018

US military officials have put the brakes on a proposed rail project that would connect the Korean Peninsula, underscoring growing differences between Washington and Seoul on engagement with the hermit kingdom.

The governments of the two estranged nations were set to begin preliminary plans for the rail link last week, but their application to send a train from Seoul across the length of North Korea was denied by the US-led United Nations Command. The multinational military body, which traces its roots back to the Korean War, controls movement across the demilitarized zone which separates North and South Korea.

The decision is the latest illustration of Washington’s hardline approach to dealing with Pyongyang. The US has demanded full denuclearization as a prerequisite to any economic cooperation with North Korea, while Seoul has taken a less extreme stance, favoring constructive engagement with its northern neighbor. South Korean President Moon Jae-in had expressed hope that the rail link would be completed by the end of the year.

Moon has invested considerable political capital into improving inter-Korean relations and has signaled his desire for large-scale investment in North Korea once sanctions are lifted.

September 1, 2018 - Posted by | Economics, Illegal Occupation | ,

1 Comment »

  1. This “Armistice” should have been resolved 60 years ago, but, like Cuba, it suits the USA to keep the ‘hate’ going for political purposes. It’s the American politicians(not the American people) who need conflict to justify their Massive “Defence” spending for the Military Industrial Complex…….It’s a business decision.

    “Imagine all the people….living life in peace”…….It’s no wonder that John Lennon was assassinated in the USA.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 1, 2018 | Reply


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