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DPRK military begins investigation of seized fishermen

THE Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s military said today that it has begun an investigation on the South Korean fishermen that they seized yesterday, the South Korean Unification Ministry said.

On its fax message to the South Korean government, the DPRK, in the name of a military working-level official in the East Sea district, notified that the investigation on the South Korean fishermen are conducted in a proper level.

The captured South Korean fishermen were aboard the 29-ton squid-fishing boat, named "800 Yonan," which crossed the Northern Limit Line, the de facto inter-Korean maritime border, and advanced 13 km further into the DPRK territory at 5:05 a.m. Thursday (2005 GMT Wednesday).

According to the South Korean government, the boat is presumed to be either without a satellite navigation device or having malfunctioning problems in the device, if they had any.

The incident marks the third time since 2005 when a South Korean fishing boat named "Hwangman" was seized by DPRK authorities.

In December 2006, a South Korean vessel named "Woojin" was also hauled into the DPRK territory after crossing the border.

The two previous boats were released after nearly 3 and 18 days, respectively, according to local media.


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