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North Korean Vessel Attacks Russian Patrol Boat

PortandTerminal.com, September 17, 2019

MOSCOW – Russian border guards detained two North Korean racketeering vessels in Russian territorial waters in the Sea of Japan after one of them attacked a Russian patrol ship, the state-run TASS news agency cited the FSB security service as saying on Tuesday.

“The crew of a North Korean schooner (more than 45 people) carried out an armed attack on a border patrol ship’s inspection team. Three military personnel were injured,” TASS cited the Federal Security Service (FSB) as saying.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday it will summon North Korea’s top diplomatic representative in Moscow following the detention, the state-run RIA news agency reported.

In July, North Korea interdicted and detained a Russian fishing boat, the Xiang Hai Lin 8, during a transit in the Sea of Japan. North Korean officials accused the vessel of “violating the rules of entry and stay in North Korea.” After the Russian government intervened on behalf of the crew, the Xiang Hai Lin 8 was released without fines or charges. 

In 2016, one North Korean fisherman was killed and eight more were injured when the crew of the trawler Dae Yong No. 10 resisted a Russian boarding party. The FSB alleged that during the boarding, the vessel attempted to flee the scene with border agents still on board. 

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