It was informed, that Russia is connected with North Korea’s territory by the railway link over the Tuman River on the border. The construction of the new bridge is important for transporting goods without entering China.
North Korean authorities informed, that there are more than 20 checkpoints between North Korea and China, and none with Russia. The new bridge will allow to reduce and cheapen Russian export to North Korea.
Russia and North Korea negotiated this week. The news agency reports that the construction of the new bridge extends beyond UN sanctions against North Korea.
Certainly, Russia and North Korea have a trading history. During the Cold War the Soviet Union was a huge North Korea’s financial ally, “ accounting for as much as half of North Korea's foreign trade during the 1970s and 1980s”, as the news agency informs.