Japan unable to confirm North Korean ship conducted illegal fishing

The Japan Coast Guard said on Monday (October 7) that it had rescued about 60 North Korean crew members from a fishing boat that sank after it collided with a Japanese patrol boat that was chasing it out of Japanese waters.

Japan's Fisheries Agency has released still photos of a Japanese patrol boat spraying the North Korean vessel with a water cannon and several crew members being subsequently rescued by the Japan Coast Guard.

Abe said that his government has "protested" to the North Korean embassy in Beijing, and vowed to continue to take "resolute actions" to block illegal fishing in Japanese waters.