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More bodies, boats believed to be N Korean, wash up on Japan's coast

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kurisupisu. Anything is possible.

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The group which pilfered good from that island and are being held on board their boat have DPRK army handbooks apparently.

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Sounds like people abandoning a sinking country...i wonder if they are actually fishermen at all or have paid someone for the chance to escape in a boat....just like the people heading for europe and risking life and limb to do so. Just the start im sure...

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"What about the reports of "doomsday sleeper agents" being landed via boats in Japan with biowarfare devices to be unleashed if NK is attacked? Nukes are not the only threat here folks..."

What about the 'proof' of this ?

Until then, just rumors and nothing else..,,,

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Poor souls just looking for a better life and hot meal. The Kim regime really needs to end.

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Nobody knows what is going on. To smuggle cells, so easy.wooden boats. But as @beer-san says...attack craft are a different league. They are scary.

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Like I said earlier, “infiltration” and operative boats are built with steel hills, rear deployment hatches, weapons emplacements, and multiple engines to outrun the coast guard. They resemble a South American drug cartel smuggling speedboat (which regularly outrun the US coast guard and Navy) more than a fishing boat or military craft and are a completely different issue from these wooden fishing boats that wash ashore by the dozen every winter.

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What about the reports of "doomsday sleeper agents" being landed via boats in Japan with biowarfare devices to be unleashed if NK is attacked? Nukes are not the only threat here folks...

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GoodlucktoyouToday 12:53 pm JST@tango.

Looks like a North Korean Naval Vessel.

NK has possibly nuke armed subs and very high teck attack craft. they can sink a battle group.

I think you are giving them far too much credit.

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@tango.

Looks like a North Korean Naval Vessel.

NK has possibly nuke armed subs and very high teck attack craft. they can sink a battle group. it is nice to sometimes joke about this serious situation as a means of escape, but...germany reunified so try to think, push, for a happy ending.

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Was gonna joke about how NK had finally discovered an export item, but many of the compassionate comments above reminded me of how tragic this is.

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Looks like a North Korean Naval Vessel.

Sorry couldn't resist morbid dark humor considering these people are trying to escape a totalitarian dictatorship.

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kurisupisuToday 10:27 am JSTJapanese officials said the 10 are being investigated for possible theft, while the other eight are expected to be sent home via China.

It's not very compassionate to charge people dictated to under a dictatorial regime and forced to take to the sea with theft...,

I am sure that whatever happens to them for this crime under Japanese law is a lot nicer than what would happen to them under North Korean law.

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The reason they ""want"" to go back is because IF they don't there will be severe repercussions for others still in NK!

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I doubt these are "infiltration" boats. I agree with BeerDeliveryGuy cause I saw the NORK spy boat captured by the JCG on display at the maritime museum in Odaiba years ago. Had all sorts of trick compartments. Plus it was a steel hull unlike the pieces of garbage these fishermen have to use. Plus if I understand correctly, the North Koreans have been asking to be sent back, so they didn't "escape" the Workers' Paradise.

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Japanese officials said the 10 are being investigated for possible theft, while the other eight are expected to be sent home via China.

It's not very compassionate to charge people dictated to under a dictatorial regime and forced to take to the sea with theft...,

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I wonder why they are so desperate? Surely if they need food, they can trade with any country in the world? They have resources and young workers. Is somebody doing something bad to these poor people?

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Yesterday’s body count was actually four, three in Yamagata and one in Akita.

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Infiltration boats are epuipped with multiple engines, rear deployment hatches, machine gun turrets, and can outrun even the fastest patrol boats, which also happens several times a year.

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Dozens of these boats drift ashore every winter when the west wind blows.

This is only news because of the recent focus on NK.

Infiltration boats are epuipped with multiple engines, rear deployment hatches, machine gun turrets, and can outrun even the fastest patrol boats, which also happens several times a year.

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Damn, imagine how cold it must be on those kind of boats at sea. Obviously they rather face the harsh cold weather than live in NK, that must give you an idea on how horrible life there is.

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Yesterday people were complaining about North Korean Fishermen pilfering electronic goods from an uninhibited island, turns out these fishermen are dying just to get food. A fish an oven toaster who wants to die over either.

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Becoming all too common now. We need some of those Baywatch staff with the red thingymajigs running up and down that stretch of West coast.

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Rest In Peace guys. The price some must pay for freedom. These guys died free, however shortlived the freedom was. Sucks man.

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you’re being INFILTRATED

If half of the "agents" die, and the other half is caught, that would be a pretty lame attempt at infiltration.

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Looks like the remains of a Viking langskip to me. OMG - it's the Vikings!

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Poor souls. May they rest in peace. These men are mere pawns to serve a brutal dictator. I wonder what happens to their families left behind in such cases.

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I hope that this is not the start of something much worse. With winter coming on fast, these fishermen in dilapidated boats are going to be hard pressed to catch anything, AND return home!

Fear is a huge motivating factor I am sure, hell of a choice, death by drowning, or death back home for not meeting a quota....not much of a choice.

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signs of a desperate nation

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No food in North Korea

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Figure it out, you’re being INFILTRATED.

No telling what the ones that got to shore are up to.

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