Train crosses North Korea border into Russia after arms report

Train crosses North Korea border into Russia after arms report

WASHINGTON: A train travelled between North Korea into Russia on Friday, just two days following the US reported that it had data suggesting Pyongyang is secretly providing Russia with artillery guns for its war with Ukraine according to according to a Washington think tank reported using commercial satellite images.

38 North project, which monitors developments in the region 38 North project, which is responsible for monitoring North Korean developments, said it was the first time an incident of a train observed along the route for many years. However, Russia’s veterinarian service announced that on Wednesday, trains had crossed to North Korea carrying horses.

It was reported that North Korea closed the 800-meter (yard) Tumangang Friendship Bridge (Korea-Russia Friendship Bridge) which is the sole land link between the two countries in February 2020, during the COVID-19 epidemic.

The report noted it was 10:24 a.m. in local time (0124 GMT) a three-car railcar set enclosed could be seen on the Korean border. At 1:10 p.m. local time (0410 GMT) it appeared to be located in Russia behind a locomotive approximately 200 metres (yards) away from the bridge’s end. 2:29 p.m. (0529 GMT) the locomotive and three railcars could be seen in the tracks of the Russian Khasan Station, approximately 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the border. Three smaller railcars that were covered or possibly containers that were on flatcars were parked beside the train which had just arrived along the track adjacent to it.

The White House said on Wednesday that Washington had information that suggested North Korea was covertly supplying Russia with the “significant” quantity of artillery shells to support its conflict in Ukraine and was trying to hide the shipment by directing them through countries of northwestern Middle East and North Africa.

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According to a statement issued by the state-run veterinary service of Russia the day before, Russia along with North Korea have resumed train service in the very first instance since the outbreak. They also brought a the shipment consisting of thirty grey thoroughbred “Orlov Trotter” horses that were brought into North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is well-known as a horse lover. Kim Jong Un was portrayed in the year 2019 in the North Korean media trekking through the snowy mountains accompanied by the white stallion. Russian data on customs shows that North Korea has spent thousands of dollars on thoroughbred horses imported from Russia in the past.

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