First N Korea-Russia ferry service opens despite UN sanctions
22 May 2017

A North Korean passenger ferry has docked in Russia’s far-eastern port of Vladivostok for the first time.

The vessel, called the Mangyongbong, will sail once a week to the port city and will also carry cargo. North Korea is under wide-ranging UN sanctions.

The ferry service comes amid heightened tension between North Korea and the US over Pyongyang’s missile tests and efforts to develop a nuclear arsenal.

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