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Russia seizes South Korea fishing boat

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South Korea is in diplomatic discussions with Russia following the seizure of a South Korean fishing boat by Russian authorities.

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Seoul's foreign ministry said the boat was recently taken into Russian custody. Five out of the 11 crewmembers are South Korean nationals, News 1 reported Monday.

The 69-ton fishing vessel from Uljin, South Korea, was detained on Sunday at 6:30 a.m. Russian authorities say the boat was caught "fishing illegally," according to the report.

The boat's crew was taken to Nakhodka, a port city in the Russian Far East, where they await a final decision. On Monday morning, Russia informed the South Korean consulate in Vladivostok about the arrests.

South Korea says the crew was fishing for crabs when they were detained.

Seoul's diplomats based in Vladivostok are to interview the crew, make contact with Russian diplomats and border security officials to find out the details of the arrest, Tongil News reported.


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