N Korea train appears to have arrived at China’s Dandong: source

17-Jan-2022 Intellasia | Kyodo News | 7:32 AM Print This Post

A freight train from North Korea has apparently arrived at China’s border city of Dandong on Sunday morning, a source close to the matter said.

North Korea had suspended land traffic with China since early 2020 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Photo taken from the Chinese city of Dandong on Dec. 20, 2021, shows the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge connecting with the North Korean town of Sinuiju. (Kyodo)

Photo taken from the Chinese city of Dandong on Dec. 20, 2021, shows the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge connecting with the North Korean town of Sinuiju. (Kyodo)

North Korea claims no infection cases have been found in the country, but it has cut off land traffic to and from China, with worries mounting that the virus, first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019, could enter the nation.

The customs office near the Yalu River has been effectively closed as North Korea has banned its citizens from visiting China. Restaurants and shops run by Koreans in Dandong have been shuttered, with trade with the neighbouring country choked off.

North Korea’s economy has also been languishing. In addition to a plunge in trade with China, agricultural devastation by powerful typhoons and flooding has sparked concern that its citizens may not be receiving adequate daily necessities.

China is North Korea’s closest and most influential ally in economic terms, accounting for more than 90 percent of its trade.

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