Second N. Korean cargo train arrives in China's Dandong city: sources
Updated: 2022-01-17 17:12:20 KST
Another North Korean cargo train reportedly crossed the border bridge into the Chinese city of Dandong on Monday, following the first train's return to the regime with daily necessities and emergency supplies aboard.
Sources say the empty SECOND train, consisting of at least 15 cars, arrived in Dandong early on Monday, shortly after the first train left the city at around 7 AM and headed to the North's Sinuiju city.
The first train had arrived in Dandong through the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge at around 9 AM the previous day.
That was the first such train operation in a year and five months after Pyeongyang shut down its borders over the pandemic.
The exact items on the train were not immediately known, but sources said it seemed to be carrying daily necessities and emergency relief items.
South Korean sources say the North could operate an additional ten to twenty cargo trains to continue shipping such necessities overland from China.
Seoul's unification ministry also said on Monday it will keep close tabs on whether the cargo train resumption leads to more active exchanges and trade between Pyeongyang and Beijing.
"The government will closely watch related moves such as the frequency and size of the train services and evaluate how the services will influence the North's quarantine measures, trade with China and inter-Korean relations."
The latest resumption of train services came ahead of the North's upcoming annual events, which may require the need to procure items.
Those include the Lunar New Year holidays as well as February 16th, the birthday of Kim Jong-il, the current leader Kim Jong-un's late father.
The cargo train services could speed up the complete reopening of the North Korea-China border, but experts point to China's Covid-19 situation as a variable.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.