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The first, after 56 years, ran on 17 May 2007 when a five-car train from each country took different routes across the border with invited guests from North and South on board. The trains were the culmination of seven years of talks with a view to reopening the Kyeongui line between Seoul and Pyongyang. In those intervening years there had been several false dawns, with North Korea cancelling an inaugural train the day before it was scheduled, citing security concerns. So history suggests that there may be many more slips between cup and lip before dependable services are in place, even assuming favourable outcomes from the still uncertain talks. Priority is likely to be given to freight rather than passengers – later in 2007 commercial freight trains began exchanging construction materials northbound and clothing and footwear southbound, but passenger services were not even on the table. A joint venture between Russia and North Korea reached fruition in 2013 when the 55km line from the border at Khasan was reinstated to port of Rajin in the Rason Special Economic Zone. The scheme’s object was to allow traffic from North Korea, and perhaps ultimately South Korea, to gain access to the Trans-Siberian main line. Because of sanctions, the port has not developed as intended, but the line was rebuilt to dual gauge, allowing its use by trains from the Russian 1520mm (5 feet) gauge and the Korean standard gauge (1435mm/4 feet 8½ inches). There is little doubt about the desire for such links.
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Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Watch CNN's Chris Cuomo's exclusive interview with Dennis Rodman Monday, June 11, at 9 p.m. ET on "Cuomo Prime Time." Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is traveling to Singapore for the upcoming summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Rodman's agent, Darren Prince, confirmed the trip. "He is willing to offer his support for his friends, President Trump and Marshall Kim Jong Un," Prince said. The NBA Hall-of-Famer also posted the announcement on Instagram Friday morning. "Thanks to my loyal sponsors from @potcoin and my team at @princemarketinggroup , I will be flying to Singapore for the historical Summit. I'll give whatever support is needed to my friends, President Trump and Marshall Kim Jong Un," he wrote. "To all Americans and the rest of the world I'm honored to call President Trump a friend. He's one of the best negotiators of all time and I'm looking forward to him adding to his historic success at the Singapore Summit," Rodman said. Rodman has traveled to North Korea in the past and seems to have struck up an unlikely friendship with the North Korean leader.
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