Kishida unhappy with plans to open a ferry communication between Russia and the DPRK

TOKYO, 21 Feb — RIA Novosti, Ivan Zakharchenko. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida expressed dissatisfaction with plans to launch in may a cargo and passenger ferry service between Vladivostok and the North Korean port of Nason, reports the Agency Kyodo.

According to him, Japan would like to see Russia “acted as a responsible state, the UN security Council”.

As reported previously, the newspaper “nikkey” in may, between Vladivostok and the North Korean Nason will run ferry ship “Manganon”. The representative of the carrier — the company “Investstroytrest” Vladimir Baranov told RIA Novosti that the shipping line for the carriage of goods and passengers is planned to start in mid-may, the company plans to run six flights a month. According to Baranov, the first time on the ferry is planned to carry Chinese tourists from the neighboring country (China) and Russian tourists in the DPRK. Previously, the price of one way ticket will be about 550 yuan, about 4.5 thousand rubles.

Earlier passenger ships between the DPRK and Russia did not go. The North Korean city of Nason and his district, with ice-free Rajin port has received the status of special economic zone and a “special city”, which means opportunities for free business.

Ferry “Manganon” until 2006 went to North Korea in the Japanese port of Niigata, but then the government of Japan had forbidden him to enter Japanese ports after North Korea fired ballistic missiles medium and long range.