Japan rejects North Korea’s accusation that the sinking of an unidentified ship after a shootout with Japanese patrol boats was “an act of piracy,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda said Thursday.

“I believe the expressions used were ‘brutal piracy’ and ‘terrorism of a modern brand.’ I wonder if these are phrases that are suitable internationally,” the government’s top spokesman told a news conference.

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