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N. Korea seizes fishing boat

A South Korean squid fishing boat carrying seven men was seized by North Korea yesterday and is currently under investigation by the communist state, said South Korean government officials yesterday.

A government official said contact with the boat was lost at about 2:35 p.m. The boat was in the East Sea near the Russia-North Korea border. “The National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives lost communication with the Daeseung after the boat sent a message it was being taken toward Port Songjin, North Korea,” said the official.

The South Korean government is looking into the case; officials said the boat might have trespassed into North Korea’s economic zone. The Daeseung, which left port Aug. 1, had four Koreans and three Chinese on board and was scheduled to return Sept. 10.


By Christine Kim [christine.kim@joongang.co.kr]
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