N. Korea Ship Likely Intimidated Patrol Boat in Japan EEZ

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)--A suspected armed North Korean government vessel entered Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan in late August, approached a Japanese patrol boat and engaged in what appeared intimidatory acts, sources said Friday.

The Japanese government protested to Pyongyang through embassy channels in Beijing.

A Japanese Fisheries Agency enforcement boat patrolling for illegal fishing by foreign ships encountered the vessel of unknown nationality to the west of Yamatotai, a rich fishing ground off the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan, around 9:30 a.m. Aug. 23 (12:30 a.m. GMT), the government sources said.

The agency determined the vessel with an unfamiliar shape to be a risk and ordered Japanese fishing boats operating nearby to evacuate from the area.

A Japan Coast Guard patrol ship, after receiving a report of the suspicious ship, found what appeared the same vessel in the same area around 9 a.m. the following day.

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