North Korean ship had no business to be in Indian waters: Sureesh Mehta

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New Delhi/Port Blair, Aug.8 (ANI): India on Saturday said that the North Korean cargo ship, which illegally entered its territorial waters, had "no business" to be there even as its captain today claim to have done so following some mechanical problems.

Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta in the national capital said that M V San "had no business" to be in Indian waters and that the maritime security agencies had fears that it could be carrying nuclear components.

"The fact is that the ship had no business to be there," Mehta said while adding "that (it was carrying nuclear components) was our apprehension also. At the moment, it is carrying genuine merchandise."

Meanwhile, Coast Guard Andaman and Nicobar Region Commander K R Nautiyal said that the investigation process is still underway.

"We are in the process of investigation. Expert agencies, including Korean interpreters, are likely to come to facilitate better communication, because they (crew members) are not very good in English," said Commander K R Nautiyal.

The Indian Coast Guard detained a suspicious North Korean ship with 39 crewmembers on board late on Friday in the Indian Ocean.

Sources said the ship MV Musen, had dropped anchor off Andaman and Nicobar coast without taking permission from Indian authorities. (ANI)

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