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Russia and North Korea to expand railways cooperation

North Korea trainsRussia and North Korea are discussing plans to expand railroad cooperation between the two countries.

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Russian officials made a rare visit to North Korea and discussed increasing bilateral exchange, including raising the number of North Korean students studying in Russia.

According to TASS, Michuk Igori Vladimirovich, the deputy administrator of government-owned Russian Railways, headed a delegation that visited Pyongyang last Friday.

During the visit, which concluded Monday, the two sides discussed expanding cooperation that could foster highly skilled North Korea railway manpower, TASS reported.

After meeting with North Korea officials, the Russian delegation signed an agreement extending terms of study abroad for North Korean students from Pyongyang University of Railroad Engineering, who can enroll at Far Eastern Federal University in Khabarovsk.

Another memorandum of understanding will allow North Korean railroad experts to receive education at Russian universities.

The budget for the education of North Korean experts will come from the Russian government, and North Korea agreed it would fund the education of its students.

Vladimirovich said there are currently 24 North Korean students studying rail engineering and transportation in Russia.

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