GPSs on spy ship are Japanese

Kyodo

Two global positioning systems found on the North Korean spy ship that sank after a shootout with Japanese patrol boats in December were made by a Japanese manufacturer, the Japan Coast Guard said Sunday.

The systems, used for determining geographical location, were found in the ship and in a small boat carried aboard the ship after they were salvaged from the East China Sea seabed 390 kilometers from the island of Amami-Oshima off Kagoshima Prefecture on Sept. 11.

According to the coast guard, both GPS units were built by a Hyogo Prefecture-based manufacturer of vessel devices. A radar device mounted on the spy ship was also built by the same manufacturer.

The same manufacturer’s GPS was found in a North Korean submarine caught by the South Korean military in June 1998, as well as in a submersible vessel sunk by the South Korean military in December the same year.

On Sunday, the coast guard showed the media the small boat as well as a jet ski and rubber boat — both apparently used to land agents — and a ZPU2 anti-aircraft gun.

The small boat itself was equipped with radar and coated with fiber-reinforced plastic. A similar landing boat, believed to have been used by North Koreans and found ashore in Mihama town, Fukui Prefecture in 1990, also had radar but was made of veneer plywood.