Tumen River Project is Back on the Table in East Asia

22 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Tumen River Project is Back on the Table in East Asia</h1><p>May 22 (LPAC)--The long dormant Tumen River Project is back on the table, as a result of discussions on the sidelines of the Six-party Talks on Korea. John Park, who handles Korea peace issues at the US Institute of Peace, reported at a DC conference today that the project had been dormant due to the North Korean crisis (caused by the Bush Administration scrapping of the Clinton era agreements) and a scandal over UN Development Project (UNDP) funds. However, "discussions between Russia, China and the two Koreas below the surface at the Six-party Talks" have created the conditions for reviving the grand project, which will develop the region where Russia, China and Korea meet, extending inland into Russia, China and Mongolia. Japan is also involved. A Secretariat already exists, in Beijing, so that projects could begin relatively quickly.</p><p>Park said that the completion of the two rail connections between North and South Korea was not officially part of the Tumen Project, but that "South Korea is like an island, and the rail connection could tie South Korea to the Trans Siberian Railroad and to Europe. China is already building a major deep water port in North Korea, and the rail connection will expand that."</p><p>Asked by EIR if the US was undermining these trade and development plans by keeping them out of the official six-party discussions, Park said that the US has simply kept out of the discussions, but has not actively intervened against them.</p></div></body>