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-The stern of the sunken Navy corvette Cheonan could be pulled out of the water as early as Friday should the weather permit, military officials said yesterday.
-“We can determine when we can salvage the stern after we finish attaching the third chain around the stern. If the weather improves, we could install the chain on April 15. Then, we could salvage it between April 16 and 17,” said Rear Adm. Lee Ki-shik, chief of the information and operations bureau at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a press briefing.
-North Koreans living near the border with China who heard of the sinking of the South’s Navy corvette Cheonan appear to have presumed that the disaster was caused by their country, according to a group of North Korean defectors here.
-“In the North’s northern regions of Yanggangdo and Hyegangdong, a throng of residents said that the Cheonan sank after (it was hit by) a torpedo, and they presume the sinking was caused by the North,” the group cited the source as saying.
-Citing his sources, Park Sang-hak, head of the Fighters for Free North Korea, also said that since mid-March, all North Korean soldiers appear to have been put on standby and banned from taking leave or leaving their bases. The FFNK is an organization that sends anti-North Korea propaganda pamphlets to the North.
Some observers say officials have avoided pointing a finger at the North for good reason: To do so would call for a decisive military response that the South is not prepared to carry out.
Analysts say South Korea risks provoking a war that would devastate its economy, scare off foreign investors and place Seoul, the capital, under threat from North Korea's arsenal of short-range missiles.
"The South Korean government knows exactly what it can do about this situation, and that is nothing. It cannot start a war," said Andrei Lankov, a history professor at Kookmin University in Seoul.
The stern of the sunken Navy corvette Cheonan will be pulled out of the water Thursday should weather permit, military officials said on Wednesday.
The military has decided to partially reveal to the press the breached section of the stern from a distance of 274 meters amid growing calls to disclose the section deemed critical in ascertaining the cause of the disaster.
-North Korea has staged a major military exercise attended by leader Kim Jong-Il, the communist state's media said Wednesday, amid rising tensions with South Korea.
-Cross-border tensions are high after an unexplained explosion sank a South Korean warship near the disputed Yellow Sea border on March 26, and after the North scrapped a tourism deal with the South.
-Salvage workers saw several bodies inside a sunken naval ship on Thursday when they entered the stern of the 1,200-ton Cheonan corvette to install water pumps after a crane raised it from the sea.
-The Joint Chiefs of Staff said a huge naval recovery-crane started hoisting the stern, where most of the missing sailors are believed trapped. Footage by SBS television showed the stern's upper part appearing on the sea surface, workers taking on the deck and using hoses to pull water out of it and lighten the weight.
-The report said fully retrieving the stern, moving it onto a barge and searching for the missing crew are expected to take 11 hours.
Originally posted by muzzleflash
What if Kim is a puppet for the international globalist agenda?
There really is no way to know.
[edit on 26-3-2010 by muzzleflash]
-An external blast appears to have caused the sinking of a South Korean warship near the disputed North Korean border three weeks ago, a chief investigator said Friday.
"The possibility of an external explosion is far higher than that of an internal explosion," Yoon Duk-Yong, the co-head of a state investigation team, said at a televised news conference.
He said his assessment was based on an initial on-site probe launched Thursday after the battered stern of the sunken 1,200-tonne corvette the Cheonan was recovered from the Yellow Sea this week.
-Defence minister Kim called for patience but warned that said the military would take "stern" action against whoever is found to be responsible.
The likelihood North Korea sank a South Korean naval ship near their disputed border rose when Seoul said on Friday an external explosion probably caused the ship to split in two, killing dozens.
South Korea's defense minister said this month the 1,200-tonne Cheonan may have been hit by a torpedo, immediately putting suspicion on North Korea and stoking concerns that the incident could start a conflict on the long divided peninsula.
The North's KCNA news agency accused the conservative government in Seoul of trying to foist blame on its reclusive neighbor to boost sagging support ahead of local elections in the South in June.
"As south Korea can't identify the cause of the accident, they are using the media to attribute it to us ... and trying to fabricate the cause of the accident," the North's KCNA news agency quoted a military official as saying.
"This is all a plot against the DPRK (North Korea) and they are trying create an international consensus against it."
Experts say that given the shallowness of the waters near the western inter-Korean maritime border, a 325-ton shark-class submarine could have entered South Korean waters undetected.
Rep. Kim Hak-song of the ruling Grand National Party who chairs the National Assembly’s defense committee said on April 5 that he was briefed by the military that movements of two shark-class submarines at the North’s naval base in Bipagot -- some 80 kilometers north of Baengnyeong Island -- were detected before and after the incident occurred on March 26.
"If North Korea (DPRK) is found to have been involved (in the incident), I believe it'd be difficult to reopen the six-party talks. It would be hard to create an atmosphere to discuss long- term prospects for its denuclearization because the North will have to be held accountable for its behavior,"South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan said in a briefing.