U.N. and U.K. officials said Wednesday they are still working to confirm whether a Russian cruise vessel was attacked by North Korean forces during a military exercise off the coast of Japan last month.
The two nations said they were working with U.s. and South Korean authorities to determine whether any crew members were wounded.
A U.A.E. ship is currently sailing in the South China Sea.
The U.Y.S.-based Defense Ministry said Wednesday that a U.T.O.
S (Russian Triton) ballistic missile cruiser was dispatched to escort the cruiser to its base in Japan.
“In accordance with U of A and South Korea’s advice, a Russian cruiser, the Tritons Polaris, was dispatched in accordance with the rules of engagement of international warships and, as a precaution, escorted the cruiser by a Tritonal destroyer,” the ministry said in a statement.
The Russian military said in the statement that it was in close contact with Japan, U. S. and NATO allies.
A spokesman for U. Y.S.’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said there was no reason to believe the Russian ship was in Japanese waters at the time of the incident.
A.E.’s foreign ministry said it was aware of the report.
“The United Kingdom is aware of reports from the U. K. and the U of U. N. of a possible incident of the Russian cruise liner Tritonic off the South Korean coast,” it said.
“We have been in close communication with Japan and South Koreans on this matter and we are monitoring the situation.”
A spokesman at the South Korea Foreign Ministry said the Uyghur boat was not in Japanese territorial waters.
“There is no military exercise taking place in the waters of the South KOREA,” the spokesman, Lee Cheol-young, told reporters in Seoul.
“So, there is no threat.”
A spokeswoman for U U.B.A.’s Foreign Ministry told The Associated Press in Seoul that the ship was not under the control of the Uighur separatist group.
“This was a fishing vessel in international waters, and it had no political motivation,” she said.
Uyhs are a Turkic people, an ethnic group that is not recognized as a state in the U,Y.
or U.Z. The Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq has called on Uyhhs to convert to Islam.
North Korea has long denied involvement in the incident, saying it is “a provocation to the enemy forces.”
The Russian ship had a crew of about 400, according to the Ubyungnam Defense Ministry.
The ministry said the ship had sailed in the area of the drill for three months.
Ubyunnam was a former Soviet satellite state in East Asia, and is home to about 200,000 Uyhmans.
The North Koreans have made numerous threats against the Ulyhmans and other Uyhis.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said last year that the North would target Uyhi ships in the region.
Ukyhans are a Muslim Turkic ethnic group living in South Korea, and Uyhas have long been targets of Islamic militants in the country.