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N Korea at crossroads

South Korea and Russia seek 3-way projects with North

Moon and Putin envision pipelines and railways on the peninsula

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin after their June 22 summit in Moscow.   © Reuters

MOSCOW -- South Korea and Russia agreed on Friday to work closer together on such infrastructure projects as gas pipelines and railways, with an eye on a potential three-way partnership with North Korea should sanctions against it be lifted.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Russian President Vladimir Putin met here, issuing a joint statement centering on infrastructure cooperation. They also agreed to get the ball rolling at home toward negotiating a free trade agreement, with their initial focus on services and investment. Government agencies and enterprises from both sides signed memorandums of understanding.

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