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North Korea Launches Weekly Ferry to Russian Far East

A North Korean cruise ship has docked in the Russian port of Vladivostok as part of a new ferry service between the two countries.

Tourists desperate to take a trip to Pyongyang will be able to take the Mangyongbong ship once a week to the port of Rajin.

Guests will be able to spend the 9-hour journey in the ship's restaurant, bar or sauna.

The Mangyongbong, which was used to ferry goods between Japan and North Korea until 2006, will also carry cargo and North Korean laborers.

"The new service has been heralded as a boost to economic cooperation and tourism," between North Korea and Russia, the Reuters news agency reported Thursday, citing North Korea's KCNA state news outlet. 

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