‘Friendship Bridge’ between North Korea, China, closed — for now

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China has shut down the main route into North Korea, ostensibly to allow the North Koreans to repair their side of the bridge.

The decision comes after China’s state-owned airline, Air China, shut down service into North Korea due to a lack of demand.

Both moves are said to further isolate the North Korean regime at a time when nuclear-related tensions are mounting.

The Chinese government said that the closure would not last long but Beijing did not give a date for when the bridge would reopen.

“Beijing is North Korea’s only significant ally but has grown increasingly frustrated over its nuclear and missile tests that have brought a threat of war and chaos to China’s north eastern border.” [source]

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