Pyongyang, May 24 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on May 23 over the fact that the U.S. and its vassal forces are faulting the service of Rajin-Vladivostok international tourist liner "Mangyongbong":
The Rajin-Vladivostok international tourist liner "Mangyongbong" has recently begun its service.
Its regular operation under an agreement between the DPRK and Russia will be able to contribute to developing the bilateral cooperation in the economic field such as sea transport and tourism.
This is a normal bilateral cooperation work aimed to expand the bilateral economic relations and deepen the friendship through humanitarian exchanges and visits.
However, the U.S. running amuck to ratchet up sanctions on the DPRK faulted even the service of the liner, a normal economic cooperation undertaking between the two sovereign states, with mobilization of its vassal forces, in a bid to prevent the DPRK-Russia economic cooperation and suffocate the DPRK through tightened economic blockade.
Such action is arousing a strong backlash and rejection from Russia as it is an arbitrary practice seriously encroaching on the legal interests of not only the DPRK but also Russia.
No matter what others may say, the DPRK-Russia economic cooperation including the service of the liner will steadily develop in keeping with the desire and common interests of the two peoples. -0-