Tension is once again mounting between North and South Korea following the sinking of two North Korean vessels by the South Korean navy.
Tension is once again mounting between North and South Korea following the sinking of two North Korean vessels by the South Korean navy. On Saturday the United States-led United Nations Command met with a military delegation from the North to discuss the INCIDENTS.
SYNOPSIS: The conference was held at Panmunjon, the truce village in the demilitarized zone. The UN delegation was led by Rear Admiral Warren Hamm. His North Korean counterpart was Major General Han Ju-Kyung.
The North Koreans demanded the return of eight seamen who had survived the sinking of their boat by a South Korean Vessel a week ago. The North Koreans said that this vessel was in fact a fishing boat which had been operating peaceably.
They also accused the South Koreans of having invented an incident a month ago (28 April) when the South claimed to have sunk a Northern spy boat.
The South Korean and UN side countered by offering to let the North Koreans inspect what they said was the second vessel to have been sunk. This boat, along with what the South said were its armaments and surveillance equipment, was displayed outside the conference centre. But the North Koreans declined the offer saying that the boat proved nothing since the evidence could have been manufactured by the South Koreans and put on display to prove their point.
Rejecting the demand to return the survivors from the second sinking Rear Admiral Warren Hamm said the men were still being questioned about what he termed their hostile act against South Korean vessels. Admiral Hamm said that both vessels had been caught well inside South Korean waters and were sunk because they opened fore first on South Korean ships. He added that South Korean vessels were extremely wary of North Korean fishing boats since the April 28th incident when a South Korean ship was attacked by a North Korean vessel disguised as a fishing boat.