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Russia 'carefully analyzing' S. Korea's suspension of trilateral project with N. Korea

All Headlines 17:53 March 09, 2016

SEOUL, March 9 (Yonhap) -- Russia is "carefully analyzing" South Korea's recent decision to halt a trilateral project involving North Korea, a Russian official said Wednesday, commenting on Seoul's new sanctions on Pyongyang.

On Tuesday, Seoul slapped toughened sanctions on Pyongyang over its Jan. 6 nuclear test and Feb. 7 long-range rocket launch. Among the measures is a ban on vessels entering South Korean waters within six months of visiting the North.

The Rajin-Khasan project, which aims to bring Russian coal to the South through the North Korean port city of Rajin, falls under that category.

"The Russian Embassy in South Korea is carefully analyzing information on the South Korean government's decision to suspend the Rajin-Khasan project and is refraining from making relevant comments," the official said on the condition of anonymity.

Seoul informed Moscow of the suspension on Monday, a day before the sanctions were announced, according to diplomatic sources.

Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, endorsed the council's new resolution punishing North Korea for its nuclear and missile programs, but it has expressed opposition to imposing unilateral sanctions on the country.

The logistics project was one of few exceptions to South Korea's existing sanctions on the North and a key part of President Park Geun-hye's Eurasia Initiative, which calls for linking energy and logistics infrastructure across Asia and Europe.

hague@yna.co.kr
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