(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
North Korea and China have resumed freight train services after
a five-month suspension due to the pandemic, South Korean media has
reported, Trend reports citing Reuters .
A freight train travelled from the Chinese border city of
Dandong to North Korea's Sinuiju, South Korea's Yonhap news agency
reported on Monday.
Trains had been suspended since April 29, after an outbreak of
COVID-19 in Dandong.
It was not immediately clear if the train that crossed the
Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge on Monday marked the resumption of
regular services, but Yonhap news agency quoted an anonymous source
in China as saying trains would run one or two times a day.
China is North Korea's main economic lifeline, normally
accounting for more than 90 percent of its trade, but cross-border
commerce has been sharply curtailed during the pandemic.
China's trade with North Korea, officially known as the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), plunged to $318m in
2021, down 90 percent compared to pre-pandemic levels, according to
Chinese customs data.
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