PYONGYANG, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Monday that it will release the South Korean fishing boat and crew members detained for alleged trespassing into its exclusive economic zone, the official news agency KCNA reported.
According to the KCNA, this move was "an intolerable infringement" upon the sovereignty of the DPRK. But it decided to send the boat and its crew back to South Korea "from the compatriotic and humanitarian points of view," considering the fact that they "admitted the seriousness of their act and gave assurances that they would never repeat such act" and the South Korean Red Cross requested its counterpart in the DPRK to forgive and send them back.
The fishing boat and its crew members were seized by the navy of Korean People's Army on Aug. 8. There are three Chinese crew members on the boat.