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North Korea Suspends Ferry Service

June 09, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

North Korea suspended the only regular ferry service between it and Japan after Tokyo announced stricter searches and security measures around the ship, which is suspected of smuggling missile parts to the Communist nation.

The action was announced by Nam Sung U, deputy chairman of the pro-Pyongyang General Assn. of Korean Residents in Japan. Niigata prefecture police also had planned to mobilize about 1,500 riot police during the ship's planned two-day visit as a precaution against expected protests in Japan.

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