Russian Diplomats Push Railway Handcar Home from North Korea

Russian Diplomats Push Their Way Out Of North Korea

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"They had to push the whole structure by rail for more than a kilometer, with the most crucial segment being the bridge across the Tumen River", the ministry said with an accompanying video of the cheering travelers.

"Since the borders have been closed for more than a year and passenger traffic has been stopped, it took a long and hard journey to get home", Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday night.

Russian diplomats working in the Pyongyang embassy had to use a handcar as they returned home from North Korea with their family members. "They needed to prepare a cart in advance, put it on rails, place the luggage, seat the children and set off", the Foreign Ministry said, according to The Moscow Times.

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The group then had to cross the border on foot, loading luggage and passengers onto to a trolley on the train tracks.

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The ministry posted photos showing embassy employees with their children and suitcases on a trolley.

North Korea has imposed strict restrictions on travel and transport of goods from other countries, citing coronavirus measures. Since then, the secretive nation has undertaken strict measures to try and prevent the spread of the virus over borders - including blocking global travel.

The main "engine" was the embassy's third secretary Vladislav Sorokin, who pushed the trolley across a rail bridge over the Tumen River into Russian Federation, said the ministry.

Most travellers have gone overland and crossed the border into China, although there was one flight in March past year to Vladivostok carrying diplomats from Germany, Russia, France, Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Mongolia and Egypt.

They were met on the Russian side by a bus to take them to Vladivostok airport, the ministry post said.

The state has been known to shoot people trying to cross the border without authorization, as the BBC and The Guardian have reported.

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