S. Korea targets illegal Chinese fishing boats near N. Korean border
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean forces in speedboats and the U.S.-led command launched a rare operation against illegal fishing Friday amid growing complaints about unauthorized Chinese boats in crab-rich waters near the North Korean border.
The nearly four-hour military action happened after several Chinese boats were captured this week by the local coast guard and a group of South Korean fishermen who decided to take matters into their own hands.
The top U.S. commander in Korea, Gen. Vincent Brooks, who also leads the United Nations Command, authorized the operation to enforce restrictions on fishermen in the estuary where the Han River meets the Yellow Sea, according to a statement.
It said the intrusions of unauthorized fishing boats violated the 1953 armistice that ended the three-year Korean War and left the peninsula divided. Some 28,500 American servicemembers are stationed in South Korea.
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