The ceremony was attended by the president of Russian Railways (RZD) Mr Vladimir Yakunin, North Korea's Minister of Railways Mr Jeong Gil Su, and Russian Deputy Transport Minister Mr Alexei Tsydenov.

According to Russian Railways (RZD), the Roubles 9bn ($US 283m) project involved relaying 54km of dual-gauge (1520mm and 1435mm-gauge) track and the refurbishment or replacement of 18 bridges, 12 culverts, and three tunnels with a combined length of 4.5km. A new intermodal terminal has also been constructed at Rajin, which is situated in North Korea's Rason Special Economic Zone.

Speaking at the ceremony, RZD president Mr Vladimir Yakunin said annual freight volumes are forecast to reach four million tonnes within two years.