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China likely to provide power to N.K.'s Rason economic zone

2016/11/03 15:55

SEOUL, Nov. 3 (Yonhap) -- China is likely to supply power to North Korea's oldest special economic zone as part of joint projects between the two socialist allies, a U.S. researcher said Thursday via a broadcaster.

A total of 68 power transmission towers are being built between the Chinese border city of Hunchun and the adjacent Rason economic zone, Curtis Melvin, a researcher at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins, claimed on Radio Free Asia.

Melvin made the insistence while unveiling photos taken by a U.S. commercial satellite on March 19.

The transmission towers were built at intervals of 170 meters to 350 meters, and the work to link the towers with electric wires was also confirmed, he said, adding that China will be able to supply power from Hunchun to Rason once the construction work is completed.

At present, the Chinese side has already finished their work, and is waiting for the North's completion to link the towers between the regions, Melvin said.

This Yonhap file photo, taken on Sept. 2, 2012, shows the whole view of North Korea's Rason special economic zone. (Yonhap)   This Yonhap file photo, taken on Sept. 2, 2012, shows the whole view of North Korea's Rason special economic zone. (Yonhap)

The Rason zone is the North's first economic zone, and yet power shortages have been one of its major problems, he said.

China has long shown interest in improving the Rason zone's infrastructure, he said.

There's a chance Chinese or North Korean authorities will officially announce that power has started being supplied to the zone once the construction is completed, the North Korea expert said.

Work to newly build and repair power stations also has been witnessed in the special zone, he added.

The North designated Rason as a special economic zone in 1991 and has since striven to develop it into a regional transportation hub near China and Russia, but no major progress has been made thus far.

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