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DPRK Sends Back Russian-Flagged Ship "Ternei"

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, December 20 (KCNA) -- Russian-flagged ship "Ternei" entered the territorial waters of the DPRK on Dec. 5, 2005 with neither prior notice to it nor approval by it, according to a report from a relevant institution. The ship neither responded to the DPRK's interception nor accepted its just demand for mooring at the nearest port for an investigation. Even during the investigation the ship did not properly present documents related to its navigation but destroyed all the materials that could be evidence, increasing the suspicion. The Russian ship is entirely to blame for the delayed investigation because it has not complied with our demand in time.
    The ship finally responded to our demand and its captain admitted the fact that his ship entered the banned waters of the DPRK side and did not respond to its interception in time. He expressed regret at this and assured the DPRK side that such a thing would not occur again. The DPRK side, therefore, decided to send the ship back on Dec. 19 with the DPRK-Russia relations into due consideration.

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