By Wyatt Earp | July 30, 2009
No, these brave souls stopped and detained a fishing vessel. Yeah, they might as well have stopped an extra from Deadliest Catch.
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea asked North Korea to quickly release a fishing boat and its four crew members, hours after the vessel was seized after accidentally crossing the countries’ eastern sea border, an official said Thursday.
The incident comes amid tense relations between the countries over the North’s nuclear and missile programs and amid a steady deterioration in ties since early last year.
Seoul’s Unification Ministry made the formal written request to North Korean maritime authorities, ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong-joo said. The ministry is responsible for handling relations with the North.
The seizure took place at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday when a North Korean patrol boat took the 29-ton vessel “800 Yeonan” into custody after it crossed into the North’s waters due to apparent malfunctioning of its satellite navigation system, an official at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. (H/T – FOXNews)
Someone needs to whack these bastards over the nose with a rolled-up newspaper. Before January, 2009, I assumed that America would be leading that charge. Now? Who the frak knows?