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North Korea ferry service docks in Russian Federation on inaugural trip

North Korea ferry service docks in Russian Federation on inaugural trip

The company owns RosKor, which is the route's operator.

It is the first time that the Mangyongbong has visited the Russian port since the route between the port of Rajin, in northeastern North Korean, and Vladivostok was established to boost economic cooperation. The ferry route will operate once a week.

The Man Gyong Bong ferry was built in 1971 and underwent modernization past year.

The trip marked the beginning of a once-weekly regular cargo-passenger service, according to TASS.

The company said most of the passengers will be Chinese tourists looking to visit Russia's Primorye region and North Korea during one trip-the locations are very close to the eastern China border with North Korea and Russian Federation.

Baranov said 60 tourists from China had booked a trip on the next boat, which reportedly has 40 cabins, several bars and a karaoke room.

The Mangyongbong, a cargo-passenger ferry, arrived at the port in Russia's Far East. "Now these contacts are rather limited due to the lack of transport infrastructure", Artyom Lukin, Assistant Professor at Far-Eastern Federal University's School for Regional and International Research, told TASS. Washington has said the North's weapons development should be treated with urgency.

The ship Mangyongbong (IMO: 8890580) is a cargo-passenger ferry, built in 1992 with funds from Chongryon, the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan.

"Russia doesn't want North Korea to have nuclear weapons, but the response from officials in Moscow has been minimal because they know Russian Federation isn't one of Pyongyang's targets", he added.

Expressing concerns over Moscow's willingness to kick-start the cargo-passenger ferry link with the hermit kingdom amid a global attempt to isolate the country, Tokyo has pledged to convey its stance to Russian Federation through diplomatic channels.

The ferry Mangyongbong was in service between the North Korea and Japan before 2006, when Japan suspended its operations in response to North Korean missile test.

In the letter to 192 United Nations members and two observer states - dated Thursday - North Korea urged them to "reconsider any of their implementation activities until the legality of those "sanctions resolutions" are to be clarified".


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