North Korea insists torpedo findings a fabrication by South Korea

Posted Jun 16, 2010 by Leo Reyes
Pyongyang has rejected the findings of an international investigative group pointing to North Korea as the culprit in the sinking of a South Korean warship last March which killed 46 crew members on board.
The salvage vessel USNS Salvor attempting to rescue South Korean sailors trapped in the Cheonan.
The salvage vessel USNS Salvor attempting to rescue South Korean sailors trapped in the Cheonan.
flickr/US Army Korea
South Korea has accused Pyongyang of firing the torpedo that sunk the warship but North Korean authorities have denied the accusation, saying South Korea faked the sinking and placed the blame on North Korea.
"A war may break out any time," Ambassador Sin Son Ho said, accusing South Korea of "fabricating" the results of the investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan.
Last Monday the two sides presented their cases to the United Nations for resolution after a lengthy investigations by both sides. South Korea urged the UN to act speedily on the case and to come up with appropriate measures.
North Korea threatened with military action if the UN comes out with adverse resolution.
"If the Security Council releases any documents against us, condemning or pressuring us ... then myself as diplomat, I can do nothing. ... The follow-up measures will be carried out by our military forces," he said.
CNN News reports:
The Japanese ambassador to the United Nations made brief remarks following the two nations' presentations, saying "there is no other explanation" than that the South Korean ship was sunk by a North Korean torpedo.
"I think the council should react in a decisive manner, but at the same time try to avoid any act which may provoke" a retaliatory attack, Ambassador Yukio Takasu said.
In the meantime, UN Security Council president Claude Heller said the council is concerned about the potential impact on the peace and security of the Korean peninsula as a result of the unfortunate incident.
The council is calling on both sides "to refrain from any act that could escalate tensions in the region," Heller said.