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article imagePyongyang says South Korea faked warship sinking

By Leo Reyes     May 28, 2010 in Politics
Pyongyang denied responsibility in the sinking of South Korean warship which killed 46 of its crew members last March 26 and accused the south of faking the sinking of the warship.
The joint military-civilian investigation group concluded in its report that a torpedo fired in the direction of the south Korean warship caused its sinking which led to the death of 46 crew members.
The report concluded:
*ROKS "Cheonan" was split apart and sunk due to a shockwave and bubble effect produce underwater torpedo explosion.
* The explosion occurred approximately 3m left of the centre of the gas turbine room, at a depth of about 6-9m.
* The weapon system used is confirmed to be a high explosive torpedo with a net explosive weight of about 250kg, manufactured by North Korea...
Based on all such relevant facts and classified analysis, we have reached the clear conclusion that ROKS "Cheonan" was sunk as the result of an external underwater explosion caused by a torpedo made in North Korea. The evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that the torpedo was fired by a North Korean submarine. There is no other plausible explanation, the report added.
Despite of the overwhelming evidence, North Korea continue to deny responsibility in the sinking of the warship and insists that South Korea faked the whole exercise and put the blame on Pyongyang.
"The South Korean puppet regime's faked sinking of the Cheonan has created a very serious situation on the Korean peninsula, pushing it towards the brink of war," Maj. Gen. Pak Rim Su, director of the commission's policy department, said at the press conference, according to broadcaster APTN.
"These anti-North Korean confrontations are an open declaration of war against us and an extraordinarily criminal act that pushes inter-Korean relations into a state of war," Pak said.
Tensions have soared further since South Korea laid out Monday a series of punitive measures and pledged to haul Pyongyang before the UN Security Council. The steps include slashing trade, resuming anti-North Korean propaganda broadcasts across the border and launching large-scale naval exercises off the western coast.
On her recent visit to Japan to discuss the US base relocation in Okinawa, US State Secretary Hillary Clinton said North Korea must face the consequences for its action saying the report proves a North Korean sub fired a torpedo that sank the ship and that it could no longer be "business as usual" in dealing with the matter.
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