Extra! Korea

August 8, 2010

North Korea seizes South Korean fishing vessel

Filed under: North Korea — extrakorea @ 5:16 pm

According to Yonhap News, the New York Times, and BBC News, North Korea has seized a South Korean fishing vessel. North Korea had threatened some sort of retaliation for South Korea’s recent naval drills, and it looks like this is it, or at least, the first.

[F]ishing boats from either side have occasionally drifted into the other’s waters, often after engine trouble. How fast they were released often depended on the tenor of bilateral relations at the time.

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Four South Koreans and three Chinese crew members were on board. South Korea’s national news agency, Yonhap, quoting an unnamed coast guard official, said that the ship was being towed to Songjin, a port on the eastern coast of North Korea, for interrogation of the crew.

“Our government hopes for the safe return of our ship and crew according to international laws,” the coast guard’s statement said.

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