N Korea 'questioning fishermen'

N Korea says it is continuing to hold four fishermen seized off it shores.

    The boat was seized after a fault with its navigation system caused it to drift north [Reuters]

    The ministry said the message contained no word on the fishermen's condition, or any other details.

    The capture of the four fisherman has raised speculation in the South that they could be used by North Korea to exert pressure on its neighbour amid badly strained relations on the Korean peninsula.

    The two Koreas technically remain at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a truce and the two sides have never signed a peace treaty.

    "In similar cases in the past, the North returned fishermen after four to five days of investigation," Yang Moo-jin, a professor at Seoul's University of North Korean Studies, told the Associated Press.

    "But considering the current tension between the two sides, it is possible for the North to hold them much longer, citing its investigation."

     

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    We explore how Salah Ed-Din unified the Muslim states and recaptured the holy city of Jerusalem from the crusaders.