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Operation of the first regular ferry service between North Korea and Russia has been halted after increased U.N. sanctions in response to Pyongyang’s ballistic missile tests kept passenger and freight demand low, its operator said Saturday.

The Russian operator, InvestStroiTrest, told Kyodo News that authorities denied the boat, named the Mangyongbong, entry to a port in Vladivostok, Russia, in August as the shipping firm could not pay the 1 million ruble ($17,000) docking fee.

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