Freight train services between North Korea, Russia could resume this month

North Korea's ambassador to Russia says freight train services between North Korea and Russia are expected to resume this month. They have been suspended for two-and-a-half years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Authorities in Russia's Far East said Ambassador Sin Hong Chol made the comment in a meeting with Governor Oleg Kozhemyako in Vladivostok on Thursday.

North Korea apparently wants to speed up imports from Russia, but the prospects of resuming freight train services with China remain unclear due to Beijing's strict zero-COVID policy.

North Korea and Russia appear to have strengthened ties since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine.

A senior US official said on Tuesday that Russia is trying to buy millions of artillery shells and rockets from North Korea for the war in Ukraine.

The Russian foreign ministry said on Wednesday that the country is preparing to resume deliveries of oil and petroleum products to North Korea.