Television footage shot by Bloomberg on June 4 at the Tumen River Bridge border crossing, at the other end of China’s 1,415 kilometer (880 mile) border with North Korea showed several men running across the bridge looking over their shoulders back toward North Korea. It wasn’t possible to ask them about their behavior.
In other news likely to strain North Korea-China relations, the South Korean news website Chosun Ilbo reported that Chinese authorities arrested a North Korean government official for drug trafficking. A 33-year-old North Korean official surnamed Rim was detained in March by Chinese authorities, according to a South Korean activist, Do Hee-yoon, quoted by the newspaper.
"North Korean agents targeting South Korea have been arrested before for their involvement in drug trafficking, but it's unprecedented for a senior government trade official to be arrested for direct involvement," Do said. "The Dandong Customs Office has mobilized customs officials from Dalian to probe all aspects of North Korea-China trade."
According to Do, Chinese officials arrested four drug dealers in the northeast province of Liaoning, and found out from them that a North Korean was the "key figure" in their drug ring, the Chosun Ilbo said. The bureau reportedly confiscated 2 kg of top-quality methamphetamine Rim had hidden in a kimchi container when he traveled from Sinuiju to Dandong.