The Straits Times
Published on Oct 19, 2012

South Korea 'regrets' death of Chinese fisherman


SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's foreign minister voiced regret on Friday over the death of a Chinese fisherman in a coastguard operation, as China's ambassador met with top officials in Seoul to discuss the incident.

The 44-year-old fisherman was fatally wounded on Tuesday by a rubber bullet after coastguard commandos boarded two Chinese ships deemed to be fishing illegally in South Korean waters.

The coastguard said the Chinese crew members had threatened the commandos with knives, axes, saws and other weapons.

"It was regrettable that the incident happened during a crackdown against illegal fishing by Chinese vessels, but it should be understood that there was a violent resistance," Foreign Minister Kim Sung Hwan told reporters.