May 22, 2022

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North Korea and China resume trade by train across border: Chinese government

Beijing foreign ministry statement follows reports that first rail shipment in 17 months crossed into DPRK on Monday

Freight trains carrying cargo have “resumed operation” between China and North Korea, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Monday, appearing to confirm the first such rail shipment into the DPRK in nearly a year and a half due to the pandemic.

Spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s statement followed an NK News report that North Korea planned to allow a freight train to enter the country from Dandong on Monday amid apparent food and materials shortages, and news reports that a train carrying goods crossed into the DPRK earlier in the day.