May 26, 2010 11:55
Four 300-ton North Korean submarines disappeared in the East Sea on Monday, the government said Tuesday, and the military is trying to track them down. "Four shark-class submarines left Chaho Base in South Hamgyong Province on Monday" when President Lee Myung-bak delivered a nationally televised speech about sanctions against North Korea, "and their whereabouts are unknown," a government official said. "It is rare for four North Korean subs to disappear at once."
South Korea's 1st Naval Fleet Command in charge of protecting the east coast is on increased alert. Shark-class subs are the main force of North Korean Navy, which has some 40 of them. A submarine that sank near Gangneung, Gangwon Province during what was probably a spying operation in 1996 was also a shark.
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