North Korea releases seized Russian cargo ship
According to Russian officials, North Korean authorities released Wednesday a Russian cargo ship seized Saturday in the Sea of Japan. He said the ship, with a crew of 25, was released Wednesday morning and was now on its way to Vladivostok. It was expected to reach the largest port in Far East Thursday evening.
The Russian vessel, Lidiya Demesh, was carrying a shipment of cars from the Japanese port of Hamata to Vladivostok when it was stopped by the North Korean coast guards near Cape Musudan, three to five miles from North Korea’s shores, on ground that it had violated North Korean maritime border.
According to some reports, the Lidiya Demesh may have been detained for straying too close to a North Korean missile-testing site.