dglobalnews.com North Korea Launching Ferry Service to Russia
Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

North Korea Launching Ferry Service to Russia

Following one of Pyongyang's latest missile launches on Saturday, the UN Security Council threatened North Korea with a new raft of sanctions, urging it to suspend its nuclear and ballistic missile activity.

Passengers included chief executives of Chinese travel agencies interested in expanding their businesses despite worldwide sanctions, Yonhap reported.

Despite UN sanctions ristricting North Korea due to it's nuclear program, it's expected that Chinese tourists will likely use the ferry service - which boasts a restaurant, bars and a karaoke room - to travel between North Korea and Russian Federation, according to BBC News.

Before the trial run this week, the North Korean ferry was in a rusted state and docked at Rajin port.

The Mangyongbong will shuttle between Rajin and Vladivostok once a week.

While North Korea regularly tests shorter range missiles, it is also working to master the technology needed to field nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the USA mainland.

State media reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test launch of the missile.

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An estimated 40 passengers boarded the boat for the maiden voyage. "Kim Jong Un is not afraid to fail in public and every test he makes is a success because it takes North Korea one step closer to being able to deliver a nuclear-equipped missile anywhere in the world".

Specifically, North Korea's military is said to be replacing gallery strongholds made of stone, due to their propensity to break into pieces when struck by missiles, resulting in additional casualties.

Washington is looking to toughen United Nations sanctions to cut off Pyongyang's sources of funding and to block smuggling of materials needed for its weapons programmes.

To date, there are no signs of a sustainable increase in trade between Russian Federation and North Korea, but Russian Federation has taken a more benign stance towards Pyongyang that other major powers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week he is against expanding the "club of nuclear powers" but added that "we must stop intimidating North Korea".

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the Philippine government continues to call on North Korea to "cease these acts of provocation, a clear breach of the UN Security Council resolutions, and constitutes a serious challenge to regional peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the worldwide community".

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