[WORLD] North Korean Warship Sinks During Combat Duty

D-Bo, Nov. 6, 2013, 3:30 p.m.

The North Korean State Media has reported a number of North Korean sailors have been killed after one of the country's warships sank last month.  "Submarine chaser No 233 fell while performing combat duties in mid-October," according to North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency.  The KCNA report said the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, had recently visited a newly built cemetery for the sailors killed in the accident. It also carried photographs of Kim visiting a naval cemetery.

Although North Korea has a large military, much of its defense equipment is believed to be old and outdated. The reclusive communist country very rarely acknowledges mishaps or accidents involving its military.  Separately, South Korean media reports suggested Tuesday that the North Korean naval vessel might have sunk off Wonsan, on the east coast of the Korean peninsula, during an exercise. They also indicated that the vessel's old age might have been a factor in the sinking.

South and North Korea technically remain at war even now, as the Korean war ended in an armistice in 1953 and not a peace treaty. The war ended after the UN command, fighting on behalf of South Korea, signed the armistice with North Korea and China.

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