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09 August 2010 :: 09:08:08 am 34769

North Korea Hijacks South Korean Fishing Vessel

South Korea’s fishing boat that went missing after it stopped sending messages in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) has been hijacked by North Korea.
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Korea 9th August 2010: Tensions are running high as the South Korean Navy continues its exercise in the Yellow sea after authorities said that one of their fishing boats stopped sending signals before disappearing in the East Sea. It is now known that the boat, Daeseung was intercepted by North Korea and the crew is being investigated by North Korean authorities.

The fishing boat had a crew of four South Koreans and three Chinese. Media reports in the South have said the Daeseung  has been towed to the North port of Songjin.

South Koreas exercises are a show of force after the North was blamed for the sinking of the Southern warship Cheonan in March this year with a loss of 46 lives.  The recent exercises in the Yellow Sea are the largest ever anti submarine drill involving 4,500 personnel near the disputed maritime border. The South has also carried out huge naval exercises with US forces in the East Sea.

There have been frequent clashes in recent years over the fishing boats of both sides in the disputed waters. According to international law, the South Korean want a quick resolution to the matter and the safe return of the fishing boat and its crew and they have said that although their ships would stay clear of the disputed boundaries, marines stationed close to the border would still conduct live ammunitions exercises.

So far, no comments have been made by the North Korean media on the latest reports, but a statement from their official media called the exercises a direct military invasion aimed at infringing on North Korea’s right to self defense.

Reggie Colbeck

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