North Korea has seized a Russian fishing boat and is holding its 17-strong crew for violating entry regulations, the Russian Embassy has confirmed. Fifteen Russians and two South Koreans were detained on July 17 and are currently being held in a hotel in the city of Wonsan, which faces the Sea of Japan. The ship, identified by the embassy as the Xiangheilin-8 and owned by the Northeast Fishery Company out of Nevelsk, Russia, is also at Wonsan. The Russian fishing vessel was seized on July 17 and taken to the coastal city of Wonsan (file image), where 15 Russian sailors and two South Koreans are currently being held According to the embassy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the crew was detained for ‘violating the rules of entry and stay in the territory of (North Korea).’ A spokeswoman for South Korea’s Foreign Ministry did not have an immediate comment on the two South Korean crew members. On Monday Russian consular officials were allowed to meet with the crew, who they described as healthy. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ‘New’ submarine paraded in North Korea ‘is actually a Soviet… Kim Jong-un’s missing former sushi chef is alive and well:… Share this… Read full this story
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