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China, North Korea Restore Rail Link on Kim’s Key Trade Route

  • Cargo line had been closed for about five months due to Covid
  • Restoration could provide help for North Korea’s economy
The Friendship Bridge linking China and North Korea, in Dandong, China.

The Friendship Bridge linking China and North Korea, in Dandong, China.

Photographer: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

China is reopening its main train route with North Korea after a five-month hiatus due to Covid, bringing a potential boost to Kim Jong Un’s sanctions-battered economy.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Monday at a regular press briefing in Beijing the cargo rail link between the China and North Korea is reopening, after service was halted in April as part of measures to control Covid.