Pyongyang, October 12 : North Korea has demanded compensation from the Japanese government for a fishing vessel that sank when it collided with a Japanese patrol boat in the waters of East Sea of Korea and work out steps to prevent a recurrence of such incident.
“We strongly demand that the Japanese government compensate for the infliction of the material damage by sinking our vessel,” the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea said.
He issued warning to Japan, saysing, ” If such an incident occurs again, Japan will face an undesirable consequence.”
“If such an incident occurs again, Japan will face an undesirable consequence.”The collision on Monday was deliberate and “a gangster act” by Japan, which should take steps to prevent future incidents, a spokesman for the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency KCNA.
On October 7, a patrol ship of the Japanese Fisheries Agency committed a gangster act of sinking our fishing vessel which was on a normal navigation in the waters of East Sea of Korea.
It is said that our crew were rescued by the Japanese side, but their safety was subjected to a serious threat.
“Japan is impatiently trying to justify its deliberate act, and it even acts like a guilty party filing the suit first. Yet, they cannot evade from their responsibility for this incident of sinking our vessel and threatening even the safety of its crew,” he said.
“We have already sent advance warnings that an interruption, check or other physical act against the movements of our fishing vessels might trigger an unexpected clash. Since Japan has committed a provocative act in defiance of these warnings, it is now placed in a position not to say anything even though we take required practical measures in reaction to the former’s act,” he said.
We strongly demand that the Japanese government compensate for the infliction of the material damage by sinking our vessel and that it work out steps to prevent a recurrence of such incident.