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Train Crosses North Korean Border Into Russia After Arms Report

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Two days after the #US claimed to have intelligence showing #Pyongyang is secretly supplying Russia with artillery ammunition for its conflict in Ukraine, a Washington think group claimed that a train passed from North Korea into Russia on Friday. The think tank cited commercial satellite images. Although Russia’s veterinary service confirmed on Wednesday that a train had crossed the border into North Korea transporting horses, the 38 North project, which tracks North Korean activities, said it was the first such rail activity to have been detected on the route in a number of years.

“It is impossible to determine the purpose of the train from the imagery, but the crossing comes amid reports of arms sales from North Korea to Russia and a general expectation of the resumption of trade between the two countries,” 38 North said.

According to the report, a three-car enclosed railcar set could be seen on the Korean side of the border at 10:24 a.m. local time (0124 GMT), and by 1:10 p.m. local time (0410 GMT), it looked to be in Russia behind a locomotive, around 200 yards from the end of the railway bridge. Nearly two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the border, at 2:29 p.m. (05:29 GMT), the locomotive and three railcars were visible on the tracks at Russia’s Khasan Station, and three additional smaller covered railcars—possibly containers on flatcars—were parked next to the freshly arrived train on an adjacent track.

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