Russia wants to increase rail traffic to and from North Korea. Rail traffic is far from busy, but Russia intends to increase its frequency, the Russian ambassador to North Korea said. This came shortly after the US accused them of transporting munitions to Russia, which both countries deny. Railway Supply magazine writes about this with reference to RailFreight.


Rail travel between the countries resumed on November 1 last year after being suspended for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. North Korea has implemented strict security measures that have led to the halt of trains coming into the country from other countries, including from Russia and China.

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The news about the resumption of rail service is combined with conflicting statements about the cargo on the trains. According to Russia, she is transporting medicines, flour, vegetable oil and live animals to North Korea. So, between 2010 and 2019, more than 130 horses were sent from Russia to North Korea, totaling almost 600,000 euros.

However, the US alleges that the railway transported ammunition from North Korea to Russia. North Korea supplied ATGMs and projectiles to Russia for use by the Wagner Group late last year, according to the White House Security Council, and claims it has images to prove it. The images show containers loaded onto a train in North Korea, but do not show what is inside the containers.

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