But instead, five North Koreans guys who aren't North Koreans making an emergency landing in Bangkok have stormed the headlines, as their plane full weaponry has been detained and their materiél confiscated. We're talking rocket-propelled grenades, missiles, and other goodies. The question is where they were headed in their rickety old Soviet-era plane. Some authorities are saying they were bound for Pakistan, while others are suggesting Sri Lanka. Don't be surprised if we see some nastiness in the Yellow Sea to distract from this.
- Thai authorities detain five people who reportedly made an emergency landing in Bangkok in an east European cargo plane full of heavy weapons that originated in North Korea; arms are confiscated and in Thai custody (BBC, Reuters, AFP, AP via WaPo, WSJ)
- Speaking at Kookmin University in Seoul, Japanese ruling party secretary-general Ichiro Ozawa says Japan must apologize for "unfortunate period" of relations between Japan and Korea (Japan Times, Yonhap); expresses own personal apology "as a member of the Japanese nation" (Yonhap)
- Ozawa says he expects ethnic Koreans in Japan who do not hold Japanese citizenship to be able to vote in local elections (Yonhap)
- says North Korea is upbeat on talks with Japan (AFP)
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