MOSCOW, September 17. /TASS/. More than 80 North Korean citizens have been detained by Russian coastal guards for poaching in the Sea of Japan onboard two vessels, a spokesman for Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) told TASS on Tuesday.
"Two big fishing boats and more than 80 North Korean citizens have been detained. Coastal guards stopped illegal activities of North Korean poachers in Russia’s exclusive economic zone near the Yamato Bank in the Sea of Japan," the spokesman said.
A FSB spokesman reported earlier that coastal guards of the FSB Maritime Territory border directorate had spotted two North Korean vessels and 11 motorboats poaching in Russia’s exclusive economic zone near Yamato Bank in the Sea of Japan. The crew of one of the vessels staged an armed attack on inspectors of the Russian coastal patrol ship. Three servicemen received injuries of various degrees of gravity. Both boats, with the crews od 21 and 45, were detained. The boats are being convoyed to the port of Nakhodka.