N.Korea-China freight train service resumes

September 26, 2022 03:05 PM

Seoul, Sep 26 (Agency) : A freight train from the Chinese border city of Dandong was seen crossing a railway bridge into North Korea on Monday, marking the resumption of such a cargo service operation between the two countries after a five-month halt.

The train with more than 10 cars was spotted crossing the bridge over the Amnok River toward the North's border city of Sinuiju at 7.43 a.m..

Cross-border rail operation between the two countries had been suspended since April 29, following a lockdown in Dandong attributable to the spread of Covid-19.

The North also reported a coronavirus outbreak in May and had implemented "maximum emergency anti-epidemic" measures.

A source in China said cargo rail service between the neighbors has normalised with the stabilization of the Covid-19 situation, adding it is to operate one to two times a day.

Last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared victory in the country's battle against the virus, and Pyongyang announced a shift to the easing of some curbs.

In Seoul, the Unification Ministry, tasked with handling inter-Korean affairs, also said the two sides appear to have resumed a cargo rail service.



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