South Korea Mutiny At Sea

Defectors spark an incident

A South Korean fisherman was hauling his nets on the Yellow Sea, not far from the sleepy island of Sohuksan, when he spotted something out of the ordinary: a battleship-gray boat adrift on the murky water. He alerted the authorities, who dispatched the navy to tow the vessel, which was out of fuel, to the island of Hawangdung. Their haul was startling indeed: the craft was a 45-ton torpedo boat belonging to China, which has strained relations with South Korea, and six of the 19 sailors on board were dead.

Gradually the South Koreans began to piece together an explanation for...

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