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President Lee’s government appears to be struggling to find an appropriate response that would demonstrate its resolve in the face of aggression but stop short of a costly and unpredictable war. “Military intelligence has made the report to the Blue House [the presidential office] and to the Defence Ministry immediately after the sinking of the Cheonan that it is clearly the work of North Korea’s military,” a military source told Yonhap. “North Korean submarines are all armed with heavy torpedoes with 200kg [441lb] warheads. It is the military intelligence’s assessment that the North attacked with a heavy torpedo.”
Text “No one wants to say it out loud,” wrote Song Ho Keun, a professor at Seoul National University in the Joong-Ang Ilbo newspaper. “We told ourselves to be patient and cool, not to jump to conclusions as there is no definitive evidence implicating the North. But if we find one little piece of evidence pointing definitely at North Korea, the rage we have forcibly suppressed will gush forth.”