January 07, 2019 13:14
North Korea is pushing the South over cross-border economic cooperation projects and has set up an agency to oversee the ventures once they can be implemented.
The propaganda outlet Meari on Sunday griped that Seoul is "trying to obtain the permission of foreign forces" even though projects aimed at reconnecting cross-border railways severed by the 1950-53 Korean War "are completely capable of being resolved by our people."
One aim of these kinds of complaints seems to be to drive a wedge between South Korea and its chief ally the U.S. and somehow weaken sanctions against the regime.
The North is raring to get started on cross-border projects. One source said it "recently set up an agency to oversee inter-Korean projects and plans to build large distribution warehouses near Pyongyang" for when the projects get underway.
"The warehouses are being built to accommodate increased cargo traffic following railway network upgrades and reconnection with the South," the source added.
North Korea has also started paving roads in Wonsan, install cold storage facilities and refurbish lodgings. The source said 32 new trading companies have been set up in the border towns of Sinuiju and Rajin-Songbong.
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