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North and South Korean officials kick off a project to link railways and roads between their two countries at a ceremony in Kaesong, North Korea, on Dec. 26.   © Kyodo
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South Korea's rail dreams face harsh realities

Moon envisions a North-South link, but US sanction and funding hurdles loom

MITSURU OBE and KIM JAEWON, Nikkei staff writers | South Korea

TOKYO/SEOUL -- Of all the ambitious railways being planned across Asia, few would have the geopolitical impact of President Moon Jae-in's vision of connecting South Korea with the Trans-China and Trans-Siberian railways.

The first step in realizing this vision would be to reconnect the railways between South and North Korea, which have been largely severed since the Korean War.

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