World Russian diplomats use hand-pulled trolley to cross N Korea border
From North to South: The new life of a Korean defector
Fleeing from North Korea can be a traumatic ordeal. Here's how defectors start new lives in the South.But her joy at arriving in the prosperous South in March 2013 alongside her mother and three cousins soon gave way to a difficult adjustment period.
A group of Russian diplomats and family members used a hand-pushed rail trolley to leave North Korea this week, amid Pyongyang’s strict anti-coronavirus measures, which include blocking most forms of passenger transport across the border.
North Korea has not reported any confirmed cases of the coronavirus but has imposed crippling border closures, banned most international travel, and severely restricted movement inside the country.
North Korea ‘tried to hack’ Pfizer for COVID-19 vaccine
South Korean intelligence services did not say when alleged attack took place or whether it was successful.North Korea has been under self-imposed isolation since closing its borders in January last year and leader Kim Jong Un has repeatedly insisted that the country has had no coronavirus cases.
“Since the borders have been closed for more than a year and passenger traffic has been stopped, it took a long and difficult journey to get home,” Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a post on social media.
The group of eight, including a three-year-old, travelled 32 hours by train and two hours by bus from Pyongyang just to reach the Russian border on Thursday, the post said.
Translation: On February 25, eight Russian employees of the Russian Embassy in the DPRK and their family members returned to their homeland.
Since the borders have been closed for more than a year and passenger traffic has been stopped, it took a long and difficult journey to get home…
The group then had to cross the border on foot, loading luggage and passengers onto a trolley on the train tracks.
Biden Needs to Buy Time on Immigration
Reversing the previous administration’s cruelties isn’t the same as an unconditional welcome.
Photos and video released by the ministry show the trolley, laden with brightly coloured bags and suitcases, being pushed across a wintry landscape.
Embassy third secretary Vladislav Sorokin was the trolley’s “engine”, the ministry said, by pushing it for more than one kilometre (0.6 miles), including across a rail bridge over the Tumen River, which divides the two countries.
Ministry officials greeted the group at a border station on the Russian side, where they then travelled by bus to Vladivostok airport, the post said.
During the past year, the number of foreign diplomats in Pyongyang has dwindled, with many Western embassies closing, citing the bans on rotating staff.
Those who left often had to negotiate for weeks to arrange for special measures to allow them to depart.
The North has not confirmed even a single case of COVID-19 – although experts have long said it is unlikely to have escaped the pandemic – and in September the commander of US forces in the South said Pyongyang had issued shoot-to-kill orders in its border areas.
It imposed a strict border closure last January to try to protect itself from the virus that first emerged in China, its main ally.
While denying any single COVID-19 case, Pyongyang has attempted to steal information on coronavirus vaccines and treatments by hacking Pfizer, the US pharmaceutical firm whose highly effective COVID-19 vaccine is being given to millions of people around the world, South Korea’s intelligence agency said.
Stricter entry rules for the French border region .
In the fight against the spread of dangerous mutations of the coronavirus, the entry rules for the French border region Moselle are being tightened. As of Tuesday (March 2), the department bordering Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate with its approximately one million inhabitants will be a so-called virus variant area, as the Robert Koch Institute announced. © Michael Probst / AP / dpa View over the Moselle loop at Bremmer Calmont.