"The vessel arrived in the morning to Vladivostok Sea Passenger Terminal," the representative said.
The same day Japan expressed concern following the launch of a ferry service between North Korea and Russia. According to Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Tokyo will closely monitor the influence of the passenger route between the states on the international efforts to tackle North Korean nuclear threat.
In April, a representative of Russia's InvestStroiTrest company told Sputnik that the Mangyongbong-92 ferry would run between Vladivostok and Rason since May with approximately six trips a month. At first, the company plans to transport Chinese tourists from China's Hunchun, as well as Russian tourists, to North Korea with a ticket price worth nearly 550 yuan ($80), he added.
Passenger ferries have never run between Russia and North Korea before. The North Korean city of Rason, bordering Russia's Primorsky Territory and China's Jilin province holds a status of a special economic zone and possesses a warm water port.