N. Korea Demands Japan's Compensation over Ship Collision
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Seoul, Oct. 12 (Jiji Press)--A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson demanded Saturday that the Japanese government pay compensation over a recent collision between a North Korean fishing boat and a Japanese Fisheries Agency patrol vessel, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.
According to the KCNA, the spokesperson claimed that the Japanese government vessel sank the fishing boat, which had been sailing normally, also urging Tokyo to implement measures to prevent a repeat of any such incident.
It is the first time that the North Korean side has touched upon the incident that happened last Monday in Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan.
The spokesperson criticized the Japanese government for misleading the public with its claim that the North Korean boat was responsible for the collision, which led to the boat to sink.
Although crew members of the North Korean boat were rescued after being thrown in the sea following the crash, the safety of their lives was significantly jeopardized, the Foreign Ministry official said.
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