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N Korea at crossroads

Moon pushes inter-Korean railway ahead of Pyongyang visit

President prepares economic incentives to encourage denuclearization

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks at a ceremony on Aug. 15 marking the 73rd anniversary of liberation from Japan's colonial rule.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in wants to spur economic cooperation with the North as he pushes for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but such prospects are clouded by the stall in Washington-Pyongyang talks.

Speaking Wednesday at a ceremony marking Korea's independence from Japanese colonial rule at the end of World War II, Moon expressed hope for joint projects, including an inter-Korean railway and special economic zones.

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