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On Friday, high-speed South Korean patrol boats fired warning shots at six North Korean fishing vessels that had sailed about half a mile into South Korean-controlled waters, the South Korean military said in a statement. North Korean warships were not involved, and South Korean news media reported that there were no signs that the North Korean Navy was responding to the episode.
The shots came a week after South Korean patrol ships chased North Korean fishing boats out of the same area. Incidents involving fishing boats are common in these crab-rich waters, which draw flotillas of fishermen from both Koreas and China.
The DPRK, in its continuing efforts for world peace, has recently relocated its main military to command centre to the northern city of Rason. Radio Free Asia quotes an anonymous source explaining the reason for the move:
The center’s present location at Samjiyeon in Yanggang province is also “cut off from the outside, and is not suitable for wartime command.”
As an extra bonus, the city is also stuffed with expat human-shields:
He added that because many Russian and Chinese nationals live in Rason, North Korea considers Rason an “international” city, and thus safer from attack by the United States or South Korea.
What with all the fuss over the Diaoyu islands and Sino-Japanese sabre rattling it’s nice to have a different conflict in East Asia to lie awake at night worrying about, clutching your loved ones, convinced that each moment might be your last.