N. Korea Frees Russian Yacht, Crew Detained ‘By Mistake’

MOSCOW (Reuters) -
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance to the Tree Nursery No. 122 of the KPA, successfully built as a gift of loyalty to be presented by the KPA to the Seventh Congress of the WPK in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang May 15, 2016. KCNA/via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offers farming advice at Tree Nursery No. 122 which will be gifted to the Seventh Congress of the Korean Workers’ Party by the Korean People’s Army.  (North Korean Central News Agency via Reuters)

North Korean authorities allowed a Russian yacht to continue its journey two days after detaining it and its five crew members in coastal waters, Russian media reported on Sunday.

The yacht was en route from the South Korean port of Pusan to Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East on Friday when it was seized 80 miles off the coast of North Korea’s economic zone.

News agency TASS quoted the consul general as saying a North Korean fishing boat had spotted an image it identified as South Korean on the yacht, which was then towed off to the port of Kimchaek.

News agency RIA on Sunday cited Russia’s consul general in Chongjin as saying North Korea had detained the yacht “by mistake.” He told RIA the yacht and its crew were allowed to leave Kimchaek at 10:00 local time on Sunday.