A cargo and passenger ferry service linking Russia and North Korea has been launched

The vessel will travel weekly between the city of Vladivostok in eastern Russia and the North Korean port of Rajin.

Vladimir Baranov, director of the company that operates the Man Gyong Bong boat serving the route, said potential passengers included “North Koreans coming to work in Russia and tourists from northern China who miss the sea because they don’t have their own.

“Also it will service cargo because currently the logistics are horrible, it takes 22 days for cargo to get from Vladivostok to Rajin.”

Baranov said Russian tourist companies had expressed interest in travelling to North Korea by ferry.

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