U.S. and South Korea, on different tracks. North Korea and South Korea will launch joint on-site surveys of two potential cross-border rail links, according to a statement made Wednesday by the government in Seoul. The surveys were made possible by a sanctions waiver issued by the U.N. Security Council. By itself, cross-border rail won’t do much to fundamentally alter the situation on the Korean Peninsula. For Seoul, it’s just one of several measures meant to mend ties with Pyongyang and a small step down a longer path toward reunification. South Korea understands that its current detente with the North may not last, so it’s hedging its bets. On Tuesday, for example, Seoul announced that it would reinforce its air defenses by buying two early warning radar systems from Israel. What’s notable is how strongly the U.S. is criticizing the rail lines. On Wednesday, a senior U.S. State Department official said that the proposal can’t move forward unless the North completely denucle
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