In the course of a visit by Korean Foreign Minister Paek Nam-sun to Moscow, the foreign ministries of Russia and North Korea are supposed to sign a plan of exchanges for the coming two years, official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Yakovenko told RIA Novosti. The coming visit by the Korean foreign minister to Russia, Yakovenko said, is being made in return to a visit by Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov to Pyongyang in February 2000. Last time the Korean Foreign Minister visited Moscow in 1998. Yakovenko stressed that the coming visit "will be a continuation of a series of active bilateral summit meetings and contacts over the past time which testify to a new stage of relations with this major neighbour of Russia, the stage of friendly good-neighbourly relations and constructive partnership."
For the time being, one needs to finish the construction of the section that is 100 kilometres long. On October 17, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with RND that the project would be completed