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North Korea resumes cargo service with China

2022-01-17T14:00:26.043Z

North Korea has sent a freight train to China again after a long corona break. Will trade with the dictatorship be revived like this? In any case, the train could return with goods for "emergency supplies."



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Trains in the station in Dadong (picture from July)

Photo: Daisuke Kawase/Yomiuri Shimbun/AP

North Korea is apparently testing ballistic missiles again – and is now also testing international economic relations more vigorously.

After a long interruption due to the corona pandemic, the country has once again sent a freight train across the Yalu River to China.

Beijing confirmed the resumption of cargo traffic with North Korea.

The train from the North Korean city of Sinuiju arrived in the Chinese border city of Dandong on Sunday morning (local time) after crossing the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge, South Korean and Japanese media reported, citing multiple sources.

China's foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said freight traffic had resumed after negotiations with Pyongyang.

Both sides are taking precautions against the virus to facilitate normal trade, the spokesman emphasized.

The border is said to be formally open again for the first time in a year and a half

It is the first time in a year and a half that North Korea has formally reopened its border with China, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

It was not known whether the train was loaded or empty.

He should return with goods for "emergency supplies," Yonhap wrote.

After North Korea's renewed missile test, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman called on all those involved to engage in dialogue in order to work together towards a political solution.

They should focus on peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Because of its nuclear weapons program, North Korea is subject to severe sanctions by the UN Security Council, which were also imposed with the consent of the veto power China.

The consequences of the pandemic are also hitting the country hard.

Fearing that the virus could be introduced, it closed its borders early, which had a major impact on trade with China.

However, South Korea's secret service reported at the end of October that the number of ships bringing essential goods from China to North Korea had been increasing again since July.

North Korea is also accused of circumventing the sanctions by, among other things, transferring oil and coal from ship to ship.

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Source: spiegel

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