Three Russian maritime border guards were injured by an armed attack from crew members of a North Korean vessel in the East Sea, Russia's Tass news agency reported on Tuesday. The FSB was cited as saying that one of the North Korean vessels attacked a Russian patrol ship.
As reports emerged Tuesday of the latest clash involving North Korea and Russian Federation, the official Korean Central News Agency cited a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson who defended his country's actions.
"Both vessels have been detained", local media cited the FSB as saying, adding later that more than 80 North Koreans had been detained.
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The Trump administration has been monitoring Russian compliance with sanctions placed on North Korea over its nuclear program.
The DPRK said that the Russian ship had violated "the rules of entry and stay in the DPRK territory", though released the ship after 11 days.
"In recent years, North Korean fishermen have to go further and further away from their native shores in search of fish and squid", Lankov wrote. North Korean fishing vessels have been involved in a number of global incidents in the Sea of Japan, known to both Koreas as the East Sea.
"Activities of North Korean poachers has been thwarted".
Russia's relations with the reclusive North Korea are typically cordial, and the border attack is a rare incident.