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Friday, 27 October 2017 - 11:13
North Korea to release South Korean fishing vessel
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North Korea says it will release a South Korean fishing boat it seized six days ago for "illegally" sailing into its waters.
 
The vessel and its crew will be released "at the military boundary in the East Sea", North Korean state news agency KCNA reported.
 
This decision was made after the crew apologized for the "offence", it added.
 
It comes at a time of heightened tension in the region with both sides running a series of military exercises.
 
North Korea said the release of the fishing vessel, due later on Friday, follows an admission of wrongdoing from those on board, who it said had "repeatedly asked for leniency".
 
It is not uncommon for fishing boats from both sides to drift into waters not under their country's control.
 
In August 2010, a South Korean fishing boat went missing in the Sea of Japan and was temporarily detained by North Korea.
 
The North said it was seized because it was poaching in its exclusive economic zone.
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