Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pyongyang Seizes Boat From South

South Korean activists demanded the North return a South Korean fishing boat.
Associated Press/Lee Jin-man

From The Wall Street Journal:

SEOUL -- North Korea seized a South Korean fishing vessel and its four-person crew after they strayed across the inter-Korean maritime border in the East Sea, or Sea of Japan, early Thursday, South Korean officials said.

The incident will be a new test of how North Korea will deal with the outside world. Since the illness of dictator Kim Jong Il last August, North Korea has taken a harder line in its dealings with foreigners, most visibly with its detention of two American journalists and a South Korean businessman.

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My Comment: These fishermen are not going to be heard from for a long time. One more divergence away from the mess of what is North Korea and one more more nail in the coffin for any hope on negotiating a limit to North Korea's nuclear program.

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