Russian officials say North Korea released detained yacht

A Russian yacht detained by North Korean coast guards was released Sunday and has set sail for the far-eastern city of Vladivostok, Russian officials said. “The Russian yacht Elfin today left the North Korean port of Kimchaek headed for Vladivostok,” Denis Samsonov, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Pyongyang told Russian state television on Sunday. Yury Bokcharev, Russia’s consul in the city of Chongjin, told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency that local North Korean officials had said the boat’s detention was a “misunderstanding”.

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