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Koreas start landmark railway journey

RESEARCH IN MOTION:The mission is to cover about 2,600km inspecting railway lines spanning the North in preparation for restoration work pending UN approval

AFP, SEOUL

Kim Jong-un, during a summit with the Moon in April, said the North’s railway infrastructure is “embarrassingly” dilapidated, praising the South’s high-speed railway system.

The North’s railway tracks are in such disrepair that trains reportedly operate between 20kph and 45kph.

The study comes as differences emerge between Seoul and Washington, which has stationed 28,500 troops in the South as part of their decades-old alliance.

Moon has long favored engagement with the nuclear-armed North, and has dangled large investment and joint cross-border projects as incentives for steps toward denuclearization.

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