MOSCOW – Sea trips between Vladivostok, Russia and isolated North Korea have resumed after a two-month break, with the transport of cargo, the RIA news agency reported on Monday, quoting the head of the company operating the route.
The North Korean-flagged Mangyonbong left the Russian port for North Korea’s Rajin on Sunday, RIA said, citing the company’s director general, Vladimir Baranov.
The ferry line, the only one between the two countries, was opened in May to carry cargo and passengers, predominantly Chinese tourists.
It stopped operating in August, however, because the port in Vladivostok refused to provide services to the vessel after the company failed to pay for them, RIA reported citing a port official.
The ferry service was launched in May in spite of calls by the United States for countries to curtail relations with Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs.
On Monday, Katina Adams, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said Washington expected all U.N. member states, including Russia, to fully implement U.N. sanctions on North Korea and urged countries “to take additional steps to apply maximum pressure on (North Korea), including by cutting their economic and diplomatic ties.”