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

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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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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