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N Korea at crossroads

Inter-Korean railway diplomacy sidetracked by sanctions

US 'maximum pressure' campaign stymies economic cooperation

North and South Korean officials unveil signs for a joint rail project Dec. 26 in Kaesong, North Korea. (Photo courtesy of South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport)

SEOUL -- The ground was broken Wednesday on a project to connect North and South Korea's rail and road systems, but any progress will be dependent on the loosening of the sanctions that are limiting the scope of economic collaboration on the divided peninsula.

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