June 03, 2023

New Chinese ambassador becomes first to enter North Korea in nearly 3 years

Beijing’s foreign ministry says Wang Yajun arrived in DPRK on Monday, though implications for COVID controls unclear

China’s new ambassador to North Korea crossed into the country to formally assume his post on Monday, Beijing’s foreign ministry has confirmed, marking the first time the DPRK is known to have opened its borders to inbound travelers since the beginning of the pandemic.

A ministry spokesperson said in a regular press briefing on Tuesday that Ambassador Wang Yajun arrived in the DPRK the day before, without specifying how he entered the country.