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Linking up the two rail systems would give trade-dependent South Korea a land route to the markets of China, Russia and on to Europe. Photo: AFP/ Manila Bulletin

Koreas hold talks on connecting railways

By Agence France-Presse North and South Korea held talks Tuesday on connecting the railways that run across their border, a physical link that would transform the relationship between the two sides of the divided peninsula. The discussions,…

Senior North Korean diplomat Choe Kang Il (in background) emerges from a restaurant in Helsinki, part of intense diplomacy over the Korean peninsula (Lehtikuva/AFP / Jussi Nukari/MANILA BULLETIN)

N. Korea denies sanctions prompted diplomatic thaw

By Agence France-Presse North Korea has broken its silence on the diplomatic thaw with Washington and Seoul, saying it is driving the "peace offensive" and rejecting…