(May 18) Just as the United States is trying to isolate North Korea and imposes more sanctions, Russia and North Korea have initiated ferry services between Rajin on the east coast of North Korea and Vladivostok on Russia's east coast.
|This is the first sea service between the two nations. There is a rail service all the way from Pyongyang to Moscow and air service but no land connection at the narrow border between Russia and North Korea in the east. The trip took about nine hours. The plan is to transport Chinese tourists to Russia every week. On the way back Russian tourists will travel to Rajin. North Korean workers will also travel back and forth from Vladivostock starting May 25. Russian journalist Khrolenko said:"|
The Man Gyong Bong has three dry cargo holds with a total capacity of 1,500 tons, which will probably not be empty on voyages. The ice-free port of Rajin is located in the North-Korean city of Rason which enjoys the status of a special economic zone with free business allowed. The free port of Vladivostok is also a zone of special customs, tax, investment and related regulation."
"It is impossible to control the ports and economic activities of independent states from Washington. As for the Far Eastern ports of Russia, the Americans may only conduct remote monitoring [of the region]. The U.S. can also obtain information by using space reconnaissance means, remote hacking of the ports databases or agents in the field. Or they can simply inspect any vessel in neutral waters… Everything is possible, but taking into account the total volume of shipping and the capabilities of the Navy of the aforementioned countries [Russia, China, Iran, Syria], such control appears to be too dangerous,"