Russian vessel detained by N Korea released

Moscow [Russia]: The Russian embassy in North Korea said on Sunday that the Russian Xianghailin-8 fishing vessel, detained by North Korean border guards, has been released.

“On July 27, Xianghailin-8 was released due to the coordinated work of the Russian Foreign Ministry,” the statement said.

On July 17, North Korean border guards detained the Xianghailin-8 and escorted it to the port city of Wonsan with 17 crew members on board. North Korea said that the vessel was detained for illegally crossing the country’s water borders.

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Meanwhile, the shipowner said the vessel had sailed along its usual route and had not crossed the 12-mile zone. The Russian Federal Agency for Fishery said that the seizure was illegal.

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