VLADIVOSTOK, December 21 (RIA Novosti, Anatoly Ilyukhov) - The Russian cargo ship being held by North Korean authorities for more than a week has returned home, a spokesman for the company that owns the ship said Wednesday.
According to Ardis Director Andrei Makeyev, North Korean authorities released the Terney Tuesday.
The ship was caught in a storm December 5 on its way from South Korea to Vladivostok. Acting in line with the International Marine Convention, the captain ordered the ship to enter the North Korean territorial waters with permission from the country's coastal authorities. The events were registered in the ship's log.
However, the boat was stopped by the communist state's coast guards who claimed the Russian vessel had entered North Korean waters illegally. The incident was resolved through diplomatic efforts and the ship was later given permission to return home.