North Korea has launched a Russian fishing boat and its crew held after being accused of violating entry regulations, the Russian embassy in Pyongyang has stated, in an incident that prompted a Russian warning of a freeze of talks on fisheries cooperation.
The 15 Russian and 2 South Korean crew members of the Xiang Hai Lin eight had been detained on July 17, based on the embassy.
In a Fb post on Sunday, the embassy mentioned the “coordinated work of the Russian diplomatic company” led to the release.
It additionally stated the ship’s captain was knowledgeable of the crew’s planned launch about three hours earlier than their departure from North Korea’s Wonsan port.
An unidentified crew member informed Russia’s state news agency Tass that the ship was launched without being fined.
“The complete crew is aboard the ship, everyone seems to be feeling well,” he was quoted as saying
The Tass report mentioned the ship was heading to the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan to catch crabs when it was detained.
Russia earlier mentioned the boat had not broken any legal guidelines. Its RIA news agency reported that Moscow wouldn’t maintain any talks with North Korea on fisheries cooperation – which covers fishing quotas for North Korean fisherman in Russia’s far east – until the matter was satisfactorily resolved.
South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles bonds with North Korea, also confirmed the discharge of the boat and the two South Koreans.