North Korean vessels running contraband in the Sea of Japan fired on Russian border patrol vessels today, injuring three Russian crewman. Moscow’s border guards then seized the North Korean vessels and some crew members were detained.
Crew members of a North Korean vessel have attacked Russian border guards in the Sea of Japan, wounding three servicemen, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) told Russian state news agency TASS on Tuesday.
“The crew of a North Korean vessel [with over 45 people onboard] carried out an armed attack on the members of a monitoring group of the border guards’ ship. Three servicemen received various injuries,” the FSB said.
The FSB’s border guards in the Primorye Region have been taking decisive measures on curbing illegal activity, it said, reported TASS.
According to the FSB, two North Korean vessels and 11 motorboats, which had been poaching in Russia’s exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan, were detained. One vessel, with 21 people onboard, was seized.
The Trump administration has been monitoring Russian compliance with sanctions placed on North Korea over its nuclear program. Tsarizm has written extensively about a possible agreement between Moscow and Washington to reduce tensions in certain areas. This altercation in the Sea of Japan could be evidence of tighter Russian sanction enforcement against North Korea.
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