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Sunken N. Korea Boat Possibly Backed by Party or Military: Expert

Sunken N. Korea Boat Possibly Backed by Party or Military: Expert

   Tokyo, Oct. 8 (Jiji Press)--A North Korean fishing boat that collided with a Japanese patrol ship and sank in the Sea of Japan on Monday may have been operating under the umbrella of the reclusive country's ruling party or military, a North Korea expert has said.
   This possibility was mentioned by Japanese freelance journalist Jiro Ishimaru, who is familiar with North Korean affairs, given that the fishing boat was as large as having a crew of about 60.
   Following the collision, about 60 crew members of the North Korean boat were left in the sea. They clung to rescue rafts thrown in from the Japanese Fisheries Agency ship, but were later picked up by a fishing boat nearby, which was also believed to be from North Korea, according to Japanese officials.
   Ishimaru said fishermen affiliated with the North Korean military and the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, who have large boats, have started to operate, reflecting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's frustration with a number of North Korean wooden boats having drifted to Japanese coasts.
   With North Korea focusing on developing its fisheries industry, a record number of wooden boats believed to have come from North Korea were found adrift or washed ashore in Japan last year.

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