Russia opens shipping route between Vladivostok and North Korea

North Korean ferry in Vladivostok, Russia

North Korean ferry in Vladivostok, Russia 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia

Ignoring US calls for isolating North Korea in order to force Pyongyang to rein in its nuclear program, Russia and North Korea yesterday opened a new shipping route between Vladivostok and the North Korean port of Rajin that will carry both passengers and cargo.

A 193-passenger 1500 ton North Korean ship will make weekly trips between the two countries, and Russian commentators are already celebrating this action as the latest Russian challenge to American pretensions in the region and Washington’s calls to isolate North Korea.

In the words of Nil Protasov, “the opening of this new route between Russia and North Korea is in fact a challenge to Washington whose [Congressional] legislators broadened the authority of the US to include monitoring” of Russian ports as part of the West’s sanctions regime against Pyongyang.

According to him, “Russia warned the Americans about the inevitability of armed conflict if any efforts are made to control Russian ports. The launching of a new route is a clear signal from Moscow: no one has the right to dictate its will to a sovereign country.”

Russian officials have called for talks with North Korea rather than additional sanctions of efforts at isolation, and new polls show that a significant share of the Russian population backs the right of countries like North Korea to develop their own nuclear weapons despite what the West and non-proliferation accords say.

A VTsIOM poll released earlier this week showed that 41 percent of Russians take that position.


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  • veth

    Why the Russians are marching in Ukraine?

  • Bayethe

    If the ferry service is not breaching any UN authorised sanctions then I don’t see what the problem is. Russia shares a border with DPRK and if it can make things better for the wider population, then why not. It’s obvious that Kim has called Donnie’s bluff and carried on with his missile tests. Will Washington really risk starting a war against a nuclear armed Kim who is crazy enough to launch a big one on Seoul ???

    • Brent

      Maybe the Mafia Don of the Kremlin can convince Kim Jong Un to show up at his “Russia saved the world from its former Nazzi Ally, Hitler” party next May ????

      I’m sure you would also attend…..

      PS. I see you got “reassigned” by your Kremlin handlers….AGAIN!!!!

      Did you think your new avatar was going to fool anyone?

      • Bayethe

        What makes you think I am trying to fool anyone. I can change my avatar as and when I wish to. I’m still using the same online name I have always used.
        It’s only the weak minded like yourself who are so terrified of someone who doesn’t share your point of view that your default position becomes ” everyone who doesn’t agree with you is being paid For their opinion “

        • zorbatheturk

          Bogovslimesky.

        • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

          Brent doesn’t think.
          He simply doesn’t have anything left to think with. In the most unlikely case he ever had anything to start with ..
          I very much admire you for standing up to him in such a direct and dignified manner.

      • Mykola Potytorsky

        I hope the Russians had a good fake victory day

        • Dirk Smith

          Another reason to drink is all it has become. A joke.

      • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del%27s_ontological_proof Styx

        Did you think your nauseatingly repetitive and highly sordid insults will ever impress anybody apart from the highly toxic reptiles who belong to the same swarm as you do, brain-damaged gas ?

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    “No one has the right to dictate its will to a sovereign country”.

    Yet that is exactly what Dwarfstan is trying to do to the Ukraine. Bunch of hypocrites!

    The passengers those ships are carring to Dwarfstan are no doubt North Korean slave labourers, sent to Dwarfstan to work off Pyongyang’s debt to Moscow. Shades of Stalin’s Dalstroi slave ships.

  • zorbatheturk

    An axis of ass holes.

  • Bayethe

    Why should Russia heed calls to “isolate DPRK” when Russia itself has been going through the same attempts by the USA to “isolate it” though admittedly, these efforts have been a monumental failure.

    • Dirk Smith

      GTFO of Ukraine.

      • Bayethe

        Classy indeed. What has this article got to do with The Ukraine ??

        • Dirk Smith

          You mean your gay dwarf’s graveyard? He’s done.

          • Bayethe

            I see you are a closet gay !! No wonder you wish to throw that term in even when it doesn’t apply. You want to move the conversation fro my question which you did not answer, to talking about gays. It’s ok. I’m sure your mama will love you regardless. You can come out of the closet now.

          • Dirk Smith

            As they say, what happens in Sochi, stays in Sochi. Let me guess, you have the shirtless Putie the Pederast pic above your bed? Right? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9b0f915b243e36b1dd497bae0fa98bdb3ca48b9b7fb663934545a03d2b16a763.jpg

          • Bayethe

            So is that how you spend your afternoons?? Creaming yourself over these pics. Anyway each to their own. Enjoy !!!!

          • Dirk Smith

            Apologies if the truth stings a little bit. Part of growing up, I guess.

          • Bayethe

            You don’t have to apologise to me for how you feel. I’ve already said, each to their own”. You are welcome to partake in your favourite hobby of talking about homos. You clearly feel at home with that subject matter.

          • Dirk Smith
          • Bayethe

            Are you now creaming yourself over that picture?? You really need to see somebody !!!

  • Dirk Smith

    Inevitable. Two hermit kingdoms now conjoined at the hip. LOL.

  • Murf

    I hope the Donald is paying close attention to his buddy Putin undermining him NK.
    Putin is a rival not a partner.
    There may be issues of common interest but never expect anything out of him and never slight an ally to win his support.

    • Andrew Chmile

      There are NO points of “common interest” with Russians at all Murf.
      You know that.

      Was listening to one radio show …. the Russian commentator was lying & constantly talking about “Islamic terror” & how the U.S. & Russia should work together…… The English commentator mentioned politely where the Russian was lying …. usual stuff…

      • Murf

        No there is not much commonality.
        But there are a couple.
        Russia and the U.S. Have stood by the Syrian SDF( Kurds and Arabs) fighting ISIS against Edrogan.
        And Russia has nominally help Iraq.
        That’s about it.
        Which is why Trump needs to see Putin for the backstabbing rival he is.

  • Vlad Pufagtinenko

    Two terrorist countries holding hands. How sweet.