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    By creating 14 high-priority development territories in the Russian Far East, the country seeks to speed up development in the region.

    MOSCOW, October 28 (RIA Novosti) — Russia is considering the possibility to involve workers from North Korea to participate in the development projects in the Far East, Russia’s Far East Development Minister Alexander Galushka said Tuesday.

    “We discussed, among other things, about involving workers from North Korea in the implementation of projects in the Far East,” Galushka, who is also the head of the Russian-North Korean intergovernmental committee, told reporters following his visit to North Korea.

    Russia is set to build 14 high-priority development territories in the Far East, aimed to speed up development in the region.

    On Tuesday, Galushka also told reporters that Russian and North Korean officials have discussed the possibility of creating a visa-free regime between the two countries. The two countries have also agreed to develop a business council, which will organize contacts between businessmen from the two nations.

    The minister also said Russia has plans to extend its electric power grid into North and eventually South Korea, with Russian infrastructure company RusGidro, showing an interest in the project and developing working contacts with its North Korean counterparts.

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