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posted September 02, 2009 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Node     Edit/Delete Message
South Korean cargo trucks wait before heading to the North Korean city of Kaesong as South Korean Army soldiers pass by at the customs, immigration and quarantine office in Paju, near the border village of Panmunjom that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009. Inter-Korean border traffic returned to normal on Tuesday, ending months of restrictions imposed by Pyongyang on South Korean workers and cargo trucks to protest Seoul's hard-line North Korea policy. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Kim Jong-il, known for his obsessive craving for international attention, chose today to re-open the border. Is Kim positioning himself for a leading role at the G20?

*Pitt G20-Below

Lack of GPS Sent Fishing Boat Straying Across Border The 800 Yeonan,a South Korean fishing boat towed to North Korea in July, strayed across the Northern Limit Line in the East Sea because it lacked any GPS homing device.

A government team disclosed the outcome of its investigation on Tuesday, saying the Yeonan went squid fishing without GPS and was returning to Geojin Port relying only on a compass and experience, when it failed to find the right sea route and crossed into North Korean waters.

The trawler had left Geojin Port around 1 p.m. on July 29. It made a mistake in

finding the right sea route during its return voyage from the open seas 69 miles (127.8 km) east of the port. It had decided to return because there was a small school of fish there.

The Yeonan last had radio contact with the Sokcho fishing information and communications bureau to report on the appearance of a North Korean patrol boat around 6:17 a.m. on July 30. At 6:30 a.m., it was seized by the North Korean boat in waters 8 miles (14.8 km) north of the NLL, 22 miles (40.7 km) northeast of Geojin Port.

While in North Korea, the crew were reportedly intensively interrogated whether they crossed the border intentionally to spy. "North Korean officials forced Yeonan crewmembers to admit that they had intentionally entered the North with a mission to

scout around North Korea" in preparation for joint South Korean-U.S. military exercises, the team said, "They were also interrogated why they had not installed the GPS device in the first place."

The crew were also reportedly threatened with referral to a kangaroo court on charges of illegal entry into North Korean waters. The crew were interrogated on their boat for two days and afterwords taken to Wonsan Port, where they were questioned for 30 minutes to an hour every day until Aug. 19. They denied spying but admitted their mistake in crossing the border and submitted handwritten statements in that regard

The joint investigation team said, "North Korea provided them with normal meals and snacks and did not treat them harshly. But although its investigation was in fact finished on Aug. 19, the North did not let them come back immediately, but watched for a good time to do so."

Right after they returned to Sokcho Port on Aug. 29, the crew were questioned again for three days, this time by South Korean authorities, about how they had crossed the NLL. They were sent home Tuesday and are said to be in good condition.

The government will seek ways to prevent a recurrence and plans to talk with the North so that South Korean crew can be allowed to come back at an early date if they cross the border by mistake. / Sept. 02, 2009 08:07 KST

Pitt G20
The Group of Twenty (G-20) was formally established in 1999 to bring together major industrialized and developing economies to discuss key issues in the global economy
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will host the G-20 Summit September 24-25, 2009. President Obama will chair this meeting of leaders from countries around the world that represent 85 percent of the world’s economy. At the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit, leaders will review the progress made since the Washington and London Summits and discuss further actions to assure a sound and sustainable recovery from the global financial and economic crisis.

The London G20 was memorable. What do you think the reaction will be here? And why Pittsburgh?

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posted September 02, 2009 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpn_edgar_winner     Edit/Delete Message
good question, interesting stuff.

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