Japanese authorities discovered the remains of a minimum of five individuals in a wooden vessel supposed to be from North Korea around the shore of one of Japan’s outlying islands on Saturday, a Coast Guard official said.
The wooden vessel had numbers and letters written in Korean on its own exterior, he added. A police officer spotted the wooden vessel on Friday afternoon. Police waited until Saturday before entering due to unstable weather.
The discovery Saturday marks the second time because last month a wooden boat has washed up on the beaches of Sado island, Chinen said.
The gruesome find increases the problems that Japan and South Korea have on their neighbor North Korea, as strained diplomatic ties within the North’s nuclear weapons programme might make an investigation hard to perform.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has given the United States before the end of the year to suggest new concessions in discussions over his nation’s nuclear arsenal and decreasing tensions between the adversaries.
Also on Friday, Japanese public broadcaster NHK delivered an information bulletin that wrongly reported North Korea had launched a missile that dropped into oceans east of the Japanese archipelago, devoting an apology explaining it was a press practice alert.
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