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N Korea at crossroads

Nuclear impasse clouds future of inter-Korean rail link

US intervention suspected in UN Command's rejection of survey plans

A soldier walks at Imjingang Station near the demilitarized zone on the Gyeongui Line, which the two Koreas are trying to link. The United Nations Command denied permission to send a test train from Seoul through the border.    © Reuters

SEOUL -- The U.S.-North Korea standoff over Pyongyang's denuclearization is casting a shadow over South Korean President Moon Jae-in's ambitious cross-border rail project as a frustrated Washington is suspected of trying to impede progress.

The United Nations Command said Thursday it denied Seoul permission to enter North Korea for a joint field study related to a rail link project, affirming reports by The Hankyoreh newspaper.

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