North Korea has offered to allow Russian participation in the development of the Onsong copper deposit, in exchange for Russia providing electricity to the entire east coast of the country.
"The Korean side proposed that Russia consider supplying electricity to the areas of Rason, Chongjin and Tanchon as well as the Wonsan-Mount Kumgang international tourism zone, with the costs of electricity supply covered with copper ore from the Onsong deposit in North Hamgyong Province,” the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East said in a press release.
The press note, which summed up the results of the meeting of the Russia-North Korea intergovernmental commission that was held in Pyongyang in late April, did not specify which companies would be involved in the project.
Russia and North Korea are expected to create a special working group to study the feasibility of electricity supply to the Korean peninsula. North Korea is one of the most power deficient countries in Asia with cuts in supply and load shedding being a regular occurrence even in Pyongyang.
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