February 25, 2024

What the Xiang Hai Lin 8 detention could mean for North Korea-Russia ties

The incident has irritated Russian officials and reminded many of the DPRK's unpredictability

A group of 15 Russian sailors, accompanied by two South Korean citizens, can now heave a huge sigh of relief.

After a fishing boat, the Russia-flagged and Russian-owned Xiang Hai Lin 8 and its crew were detained by North Korean border guards on July 17 and held in the city of Wonsan, DPRK authorities released the crew, which subsequently called into the South Korean port of Sokcho.