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North Korea Pressed Over Ship

Russian diplomats requested an explanation from North Korea on Wednesday for the detention of a Russian vessel as it traveled across the Sea of Japan, Itar-Tass reported.

The Russian Embassy in Pyongyang asked the North Korean authorities to investigate the reason for the ship's seizure, the report said, citing Russian Foreign Ministry officials.

The ship, the Omsk-122, was en route from the South Korean port of Pusan to the Far East port of Vladivostok when it was boarded off the Cape of Musudan, Itar-Tass reported.

There was no immediate information on the number of crew onboard or the formal reason for its detention.

It was not clear when the detention occurred. Vesti state television showed the ship being detained at sea in images dated Feb. 13.

At least two other Russian vessels have been detained for violating North Korea's territorial waters around the cape in the past four years, RIA-Novosti reported previously.