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In 1996, South Korea Discovered an Abandoned North Korean Spy Submarine North Korean Spy Submarine (And It Almost Led To War)| National Interest
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In 1996, South Korea Discovered an Abandoned North Korean Spy Submarine North Korean Spy Submarine (And It Almost Led To War)| National Interest

During a severe famine in North Korea in 1996, a North Korean spy submarine was sent out with only three special forces operatives to observe South Korean military bases. The crew was dropped off, determined to return home only after successfully completing the mission, but did not show up for the scheduled pick-up the next day. The second time the submarine came to retrieve the soldiers, it got caught in rocks near the shore and was shortly burned and abandoned by the crew. Inevitably, South Korean civilians noticed the vehicle and soon a search party of more than 42,000 troops were sent to find the missing crew. The helmsman was discovered but claimed that the submarine happened to drift into the South’s territory after an engine failure. Later, ten members of the crew were found dead, shot down at short range either as an execution for their failure or a suicide to avoid capture. During the search for the remaining missing personnel, three encounters with North Korean soldiers led to firefights, but the manhunt would not end for another 40 days or so. The North Korean government offered a statement of regret for the incident, prompting the South to return the cremated bodies of the crew. The South’s failure to detect the spy ship led to intense consequences for the military.

Source: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/1996-south-korea-discovered-abandoned-north-korean-spy-submarine-and-it-almost-led-war

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