By: Flyingclaydisk via abovetopsecret.com
Apparently a Russian yacht has been seized and its crew detained in the Sea of Japan. Will be interesting to see how the Russians react to this.
Will Putin just let this slide and resolve it quietly through back channels, or will they publicly put a giant Russian boot in the backside of Kim and his regime?
Might be interesting to see this one unfold.
A VHF radio message from the Katalexa was received from the vessel in the Sea of Japan.
It reported that the yacht “was hijacked, or arrested, by a North Korean ship”, said Russian maritime expert Mikhail Voytenko .
Since the Wednesday message, no further communication has been heard from the vessel.
The incident comes amid high tension on on the Korean peninsula over missile tests Kim Jong Un’s repressive regime which US defense secretary Jim Mattis this week branded the world’s “most urgent and dangerous threat to peace and security”.
Russia announced the deployment of the new-state-of-the-art Buk-M3 missile defense system in eastern Siberia in response to concerns over war breaking out in North Korea.
Moscow has expressed “profound concern” over recent North Korean missile launches which “serve to heighten tensions”, with US warships already on patrol in the region.
A Russian foreign ministry official Vladimir Konovalov said of the yacht incident: “We can’t yet confirm or refute this information.”
Urgent representations have been made via Russian diplomatic channels to the North Korean authorities.
The sea rescue and coordination center of Primorsky region of Russia confirmed the fears the yacht has been seized for unknown reasons.
Russia shares a land and sea border with North Korea.
The Katalexa recently departed from South Korea en route from Taiwan to Vladivostok.
A source at Alye Parusa yacht club near Vladivostok – where the vessel was heading – said it was “in a good technical state soon after renovation” after repairs in Japan .
One year ago North Korea seized Russian yacht Elfin, which was released several days later without any explanations.