North Korea released 16 Chinese fishermen and their boat Tuesday, Beijing said, demanding an explanation after the kidnapping by armed attackers heightened strains between the neighbours.
Local residents rest on a pier in a fishing village at Dalian Bay port in northeast China's Liaoning province on May 20, 2013. North Korea has released 16 Chinese fishermen and their boat, Chinese state-run media said Tuesday, after reports that armed assailants had taken the sailors hostage and demanded a ransom.
"The DPRK side released the fishing boat and all the fishermen were safe and healthy," foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular press briefing, using the North's official name.
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