North Korea releases detained Russian fishing boat

epa07745485 Russian-flagged fishing ship Xiang Hai Lin 8 arrives at the port in Sokcho, Gangwon Province, northeast of Seoul, South Korea, 28 July 2019, after being released from North Korea the previous day. Two South Korean fishermen, along with 15 Russian crew members, returned home safe on the day, 11 days after they were detained by North Korean coast guard for 'violating the rules of entry and stay' on July 17. EPA-EFE/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

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North Korea has released a Russian fishing boat, the Xiang Hai Lin 8, held after being accused of violating entry regulations, the Russian embassy in North Korea said on Sunday, in an incident that prompted a Russian warning of a freezing of talks on fisheries cooperation.

North Korea detained the 15 Russian and two South Korean crew members of the fishing boat on July 17 for violating entry rules, according to the embassy. Russia said the boat did not breach any law.

The two South Korean men were also freed, the embassy said in a Facebook post.

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Russian-flagged fishing ship Xiang Hai Lin 8 arrives at the port in Sokcho, Gangwon Province, northeast of Seoul, South Korea. EPA-EFE/YONHAP

 

Via TASS/ Reuters

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