Ferry between Russian Federation, N.Korea starts regular service

On the other end, Russian freight shipping company InvestStroiTrest will operate the ferry from North Korean port city of Rajin.

"These are Russian citizens, who are returning from North Korea, and tourists from China", said Mikhail Khmel, deputy director general of Investstroytrest, quoted by TASS.

Expressing concerns over Moscow's willingness to kick-start the cargo-passenger ferry link with the hermit kingdom amid a global attempt to isolate the country, Tokyo has pledged to convey its stance to Russian Federation through diplomatic channels.

A North Korea cargo-passenger ferry that once traveled between Japan and North Korea has resumed service on a new route that travels to Russian Federation, one of Pyongyang's principle economic partners.

The communist wonder-ship was mostly filled with Chinese tourists and boasts a restaurant, two fully-stocked bars, a karaoke club and a sauna, according to CNN.

Japan banned its port entry in 2006 after North Korea exploded a nuclear device and test-launched a number of ballistic missiles.

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The Mangyongbong used to regularly shuttle between Japan and North Korea.

Adams noted Russia's "obligation" under UN Security Council resolutions, "to inspect all cargo, including personal luggage, of any individual travelling to or from" North Korea.

But Reuters television was able to speak to three passengers, who said they were representatives of Chinese tourism agencies.

An estimated 40 passengers boarded the boat for the maiden voyage. It showed a plaque with an inscription in Korean which, she said, bore the name of North Korea's long-dead founder Kim Il Sung. Whereas Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba posed an immediate threat that required a quick and decisive response, North Korea remains unable to launch a direct nuclear attack against the USA with its current arsenal, allowing the U.S. to continue its slow-burning strategy of "strategic patience" despite a recent spike in tensions.Pyongyang's latest missile test, however, indicates that North Korea is making significant progress towards obtaining a nuclear weapon able to strike the United States mainland.

Speaking in Beijing on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin underscored the need "to return to dialogue with North Korea", calling on world leaders to seek diplomatic solutions.

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