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South Korea calls on North to release fishing boat

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South Korea calls on North to release fishing boat


South Korea has demanded the swift return of a fishing boat after it and its seven man crew were seized by the neighbouring North.

South Korean coastguard officials are unsure where exactly the vessel was when it was detained in the sea of Japan, but say the crew are being questioned for crossing into the North’s waters.

South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung said: ‘‘The South Korean government insists on the prompt return of our fishing boat crews and the boat taken by North Korea yesterday along with immediate measures from the North according to international law.’‘

Fishing boats have frequently been stopped over the years in the Korean peninsula’s disputed waters.

But, the latest incident will only add to simmering animosity between the two Koreas. Tension remains high with Seoul continuing to stage military drills off its west coast following the sinking of one of its warships in March.

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