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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Russian yacht became a victim to the vigilance of the North Korean border guards

Incidents such as the arrest of sports yachts “Elfin” coast guard Korea, can be explained by several circumstances. Pyongyang has not ratified any international agreements on navigation and jealously guard their coast, where military space objects. Athletes from Primorye, who came from South Korea to Vladivostok, it is unlikely that it is threatened.

Seaside athletes with yacht “Elfin,” which was detained on the eve in the sea of Japan coast guard North Korea are safe, their health is not threatened, said on Saturday the press service of the MFA of Russia.

“No justification for such action cannot be taken into account”

“Currently the ship is in the North Korean port of Kimchuk, – quotes RIA Novosti message of the foreign Ministry. – The Russian Embassy in the DPRK and the Consulate General in Condine action is being taken to resolve this situation. The Korean side sent a note with the requirement to explain the reason for the detention. Consul General of Russia in Contine Y. V. Bochkarev awaiting permission to travel to Kipchak to meet with the crew.”

Earlier, the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang has demanded from the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the DPRK and the people’s armed forces to immediately announce the reasons for the detention of the Russian yacht in the sea of Japan and release her. The note was handed to the North Korean side.

About the detention of the yacht with the athletes it became known on Saturday morning from the message of the Vice-President of Federation of sailing of Primorsky Krai Evgeny Khromchenko, who said in Facebook that the ship under the flag of Korea “captured the boat and took the side of North Korea”. Yacht “Elfin” followed from the South Korean port of Busan to Vladivostok, on Board were five people. The yacht was detained approximately 80 miles from the port of Sochi, the captain was brought aboard the boundary ship.

Later in the rescue coordination centre Vladivostok said that the yacht was detained by the crew of the coast guard, Korea. Concern of the Russian side was the fact that with the crew of the detained vessel was not for long when.

Not ratified any agreement

This is a blatant violation of international Maritime law, says the specialist in Maritime law, doctor of law Vasily Gutsulyak. “Of course, quite frequent cases when the court violate certain international norms, including the internal regulations of the coastal States, but the detention of the yacht, and especially with the athletes is something new. No justification for this kind of action may not be taken into account. What kind of threat can provide a yacht for the territorial integrity of North Korea?”, – Gutsulyak said in comments the newspaper VIEW.

However, as often in similar cases, the experts noted that the problem is that the DPRK authorities had not ratified any international agreements on navigation. In particular, the North Koreans are practicing the detention of vessels forced to seek asylum in the territorial waters of the country.

Closed sea

North Korea in this sense is not just “distinguished”, says Gutsulyak. The expert reminded about the incident with the ship, forced to seek refuge from the weather.

In December 2005, the Russian ship “Terney”, which ran from South Korean port Pusan to Vladivostok with cargo of cars and construction equipment, due to a heavy storm (and not being able to move into the sea further than 60 miles from the coast) was forced to seek refuge in the nearest banks – which turned out to be the coast of the DPRK.

The captain had requested permission for the entry into the territorial waters, and as he said later, received a positive response from the coast guard, Korea. However, border guards detained the ship, and within 10 days was kept by the authorities of North Korea. “This was a flagrant violation of international law of the sea. Any ship, regardless of flag, is entitled to so-called forced entry,” notes Gutsulyak.

Another high profile incident with the Russian ship took place in February 2008. The ship “Lida Demesh” carried out flight from Japanese port Hamada to Vladivostok with a cargo of purely peaceful 150 Japanese used cars. As in the above case, the ship caught in a storm, and was carried to the shores of Korea, or rather to Cape Musudan, which is also close to the spaceport Donghae (also known as a missile test site Quandi where produced, including ballistic missiles).

About 5 miles from the shore, the ship was detained by North Korean border ship, and escorted to the port of Kipchak. As reported then, “the First channel”, despite the order of the North Korean military to shut down all communications, head of radio barricaded in the radio room and managed to get in touch with the Vladivostok coordinating and rescue center. The question of release was being solved with the help of the Russian Consul General in Korea, and the decision was taken by the authorities in Pyongyang.

In February 2009, occurred a similar case – the steam-ship “Omsk-122”, owned by “Amur shipping company” has been detained approximately in the same part of the sea of Japan. The waters near Cape Musudan announced by the authorities of the DPRK area, closed for visiting by foreigners. In this case, mentioned is located in the missile base “, Musa-ri. In this area vehicles are forbidden to approach the shore closer than 25 miles. In a few days the ship was released.

In other words, numerous examples show that although the North Korean border guards detained and sometimes Russian vessels near its shores, these incidents still always promptly settled through diplomatic channels. We can expect similar developments in this time.

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