N Korea turns down train project

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

North Korea has turned down a request to allow South Korean soccer fans to transit its territory on a special train en route to the World Cup in Germany.

N Korea turns down train project

Seoul:

North Korea has turned down a request to allow South Korean soccer fans to transit its territory on a special train en route to the World Cup in Germany. South Korea's railway operator has been hoping to run the 'World Cup train' to transport its soccer fans to Germany via North Korea and Russia's Trans-Siberian railway, in a project symbolising inter-Korean reconciliation. Lee Chul, head of state-funded Korea Railroad Corp., discussed the project with North Korean officials during a recent visit to the communist state. However, North balked at the request, saying it was "under prepared", according to Lee Eung-dae, an official at the rail company. The official said Pyongyang most likely rejected the request because of concerns about outsiders travelling through the poverty-stricken, reclusive communist state. (AP)

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