China Asks North Korea To Free Seized Boat

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China says it has called on North Korea to secure the release of a fishing boat and its crew seized earlier this month. Owner Yu Xuejun said the vessel had been in Chinese waters when the 16-man crew were seized on 5 May.

 
China says it has called on North Korea to secure the release of a fishing boat and its crew seized earlier this month. Owner Yu Xuejun said the vessel had been in Chinese waters when the 16-man crew were seized on 5 May.
 
Mr Yu said the North Korean captors were demanding a 600,000 yuan ($100,000, £66,000) ransom. State-run Xinhua news agency said that diplomats in Pyongyang had been asked for help on 10 May and were working on the issue.
 
 
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