Russian diplomats are taking measures to settle the situation surrounding the detention of a Russian sport yacht by the North Korean coast guard.
"The Russian embassy to the DPRK and the consulate general in Chongjin are taking measures to settle this situation. A note has been forwarded to the Korean side to demand that it explain the reason for the detention," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website.
The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that the Russian-flagged Elfin yacht with five crewmembers on board was detained by a North Korean coast guard ship in international waters within North Korea's exclusive economic zone 80 miles away from the coast. The yacht was heading from South Korea's Busan to Vladivostok.
The yacht is currently at the North Korean port of Kimchaek.
The Russian consul general in Chongjin is waiting for permission to travel to Kimchaek to meet with the Russian crew.
"Based on information available, the lives and health of the Russian citizens are out of danger," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
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