SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- A group of South Korean company officials will visit the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ( DPRK) to carry out field study for joining in Rajin-Khasan railway and port development project between Pyongyang and Moscow, South Korea's unification ministry said on Sunday.
A total of 18 officials from South Korea's state-run Korea Railroad Corp. (KORAIL), steelmaker POSCO and shipper Hyundai Merchant Marine are scheduled to visit DPRK's northeastern port city of Rajin from Tuesday to Thursday.
The ministry said they will meet their Russian counterparts in Vladivostok and then departed for the DPRK.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to cooperate in the Russian-led project during their summit in Seoul last November.
The Rajin-Khasan project aims to refurbish DPRK's Rajin port and a railroad connecting it to the nearby Russian town of Khasan, paving the way for the Trans-Korean Railway and the Trans-Siberian Railroad reaching Europe.
A double-track railway between Rajin and Khasan reopened last September after years of renovation. It is reported that if the trilateral program runs smoothly, the Rajin port will become a logistics center for South Korean and Russian firms.
The project is part of Park's plan for building the "Silk Road Express" by linking roads and railways running from South Korea to Europe via the DPRK, Russia, China and other Eurasian nations.