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Train from North Korea arrives in Russia

Train from North Korea arrives in Russia
photo: Planet Labs, PBC cc-by-nc-sa 4.0./Train from North Korea arrives in Russia
08 / 11 / 2022

According to commercial satellite imagery, a train from North Korea arrived in Russia on Friday, November 4, making it the first traffic on the route in several years. The traffic reportedly comes amid reports of anticipated trade resumption between North Korea and Russia and arms sales.

Previously, we informed you that the only rail link between the countries, the 800-meter Korea-Russia Friendship Bridge, was restricted by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020. At that time, it was North Korea that closed its borders, but two years later, despite radical sanctions against Russia as a result of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, North Korea resumed cross-border connection. It was reported that thirty horses were transported by rail from Russia to North Korea in October this year, although this data was not recorded by any satellites, unlike the three closed wagons in the cargo handling area, which were spotted on Friday, November 4, at 10:24 am local time. Later, at 14:29 local time, the locomotive and three wagons were at Hasan station, two kilometres from the border.

It was impossible to determine the contents of the train or its destination from the images, but, according to a White House national security spokesman, the United States believes North Korea is trying to disguise cargo shipments it is sending through the Middle East and North Africa.

While it was the first train to officially run between North Korea and Russia since 2020, whether it was the last one remains unclear.