Will North Korea’s Squid Poaching Strain Its Close Ties With Russia?

A North Korean fishing boat in the Sea of Japan, late May 2019 (Japan Coast Guard via AP Images).
A North Korean fishing boat in the Sea of Japan, late May 2019 (Japan Coast Guard via AP Images).
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Russian border guards have escalated a crackdown on North Korean squid poachers in recent weeks, detaining dozens of fishing vessels and hundreds of crew members for illegally fishing inside Russia’s exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan. Moscow had previously ignored North Korean incursions into its waters, but the increasing scale of the problem and a mounting domestic outcry finally prompted authorities to take action. In an email interview with WPR, Artyom Lukin, a scholar specializing in Russia’s ties with East Asia at the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia, explains the timing behind Russia’s clampdown and how […]

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