A source in Dandong, China said on the 17th, “Yesterday at 10 am, when the North Korean freight train crossed the Yalu River Bridge and entered Dandong Station, the loading and unloading of goods began. About 40 workers were mobilized to load the materials prepared in advance to be sent to North Korea,” he said.
The source said, “According to a worker at Dandong Station, goods to be sent to North Korea have started gathering at Dandong International Freight Station a few days ago. It included various items such as foodstuffs such as soybean oil, sugar and seasoning, cloth fabrics, medical instruments such as syringes, and daily necessities,” he said.The source also said, “A few days before the news that a North Korean freight train was coming, Dandong recruited daily workers to load goods on the freight train. Only those who had received up to the second dose of the vaccine were selected for work, and they worked for 200 yuan (about 38,000 won) per day at an international freight station that was blocked from outside,” he added.
He explained, “The workers who were selected a few days before the freight train arrived were unable to go home and had no contact with outsiders.
Another source in Dandong confirmed that the North Korean freight train that had entered Dandong returned to North Korea on the 17th and said, “On the 16th, two North Korean vans arrived along with the freight train.”He said, “A few days before the North Korean freight train arrived, dozens of security officers around Dandong Station were strictly guarding, and on the 16th, when the train arrived, the public security near the station controlled residents’ access to the station,” he said.
The source said, “At the beginning, this cargo was said to be sending goods supported by the Chinese government, but it is actually a trade transaction between the two countries.”
He said, “I understand that the North Korean trade officials have discussed with the Chinese counterparts on what to pay for the goods. It is known that the Chinese side wants to receive payments from North Korea’s minerals,” he said.
A source said, “Various items are gathering in warehouses near Dandong Station for serialization. There is a lot of interest among traders here to see if North Korea freight trains will come and go frequently in the future, and trade between China and China will continue.”
Meanwhile, China’s foreign ministry said in a briefing on the 17th that it would confirm that freight train services between North Korea and China have resumed and that it would help normalize trade between the two countries.
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