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    Seoul Considering Revival of Trans-Korea Gas Pipeline Talks With Moscow

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    South Korea’s new government is considering a renewal of a dialogue with Russia on the gas pipeline construction, South Korean National Assembly said on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — South Korea’s new government is considering a renewal of a dialogue with Russia on the gas pipeline running through the Korean Peninsula, South Korean National Assembly member Kim Gyu-hwan said on Wednesday.

    "The new government [of South Korea] is considering a revival of dialogue on the gas pipeline through [Korean] peninsula," the lawmaker said during his meeting with Russia's Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee member Rafail Zinurov.

    The project of a gas pipeline from Russia to South Korea through North Korean territory was first proposed more than a decade ago at a time when relations between Seoul and Pyongyang were relatively good, but it was never realized due to instability on the Korean Peninsula.

    In 2011, Russia's Gazprom and South Korea's Kogas energy companies agreed a road map on implementing the 1,100-kilometer (683-mile) pipeline project. Kogas estimated the cost of building the 700-kilometer segment through North Korea at $2.5 billion.


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