Clashes ‘inevitable’ as Japan takes hard line against North Korean boats

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The Japanese Coast Guard has adopted a hardline approach to North Korean fishing boats found operating in Japanese waters but, according to analysts, further clashes are “almost inevitable” due to the sheer number of illegal vessels and their growing desperation.A North Korean boat was on Monday confronted in the Sea of Japan by a Coast Guard vessel. The encounter ended with the Korean ship being sunk after a collision about 350km off the Noto peninsula.The Coast Guard rescued 60 North Koreans…

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