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Rail Service Between North Korea and Russia to Resume in July


Railway services between North Korea and Russia is to resume service in July, according to Russia’s state-owned railway company.

RZD Russian Railways said train services suspended in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in China could resume next month, Radio Free Asia reported Tuesday.

RZD Partner International magazine said service would restart on routes that connect Moscow to the Tumen River, Pyongyang and Moscow, Pyongyang and Khabarovsk.

In January, Russia had said it had yet to repatriate all North Korean guest workers. According to a member of the United Nations Panel of Experts of the U.N. Security Council, the repatriation of state-sanctioned guest workers may have been delayed due to North Korea’s decision to shut its border earlier this year. It is unclear whether the trains will be used for repatriation, according to South Korean news service Seoul Pyongyang News.

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