North Korea has admitted to seizing a South Korean fishing boat after Seoul and Washington stepped up pressure on the communist country with new rounds of naval drills in the Korean Peninsula.
The agency report did not clarify if or when North Korea would release the crew. The South has been asking the North to free the crew, but the North had not even acknowledged the ship’s capture till last Thursday.
The fishing boat was taken in during a major South Korean naval exercise in the Yellow Sea, on the other side of the peninsula, for which the North had threatened retaliation.
This episode comes amid high tension between the two Koreas following the March 26 sinking of South Korean warship The Cheonan. The South blames the North for the sinking, which killed 46 sailors, while the North denies it.
North Korea Confirms Detention of South Korean Boat [The New York Times, 19 Aug 2010]
N. Korea Seizes S. Korean Fishing Boat [AFP, 19 Aug 2010]