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South Korea will formally blame North Korea on Thursday for sinking one of its patrol boats in March, The Washington Post reported Tuesday on its online edition, citing unidentified South Korean and U.S officials. Following an investigation, South Korea concluded that the sinking of the Cheonan off South Korea's west coast was caused by a torpedo and was not an internal explosion, according to the Post. The sinking of the patrol boat killed 46 sailors.
South Korean investigators have found "decisive evidence" that a North Korean torpedo sank one of its naval ships, a Seoul news agency claimed today, citing an unnamed senior military official.
The inquiry team will publish its report on the causes of the March sinking, which claimed the lives of 46 sailors, on Thursday. South Korea's defence minister said last month it was "likely" that a torpedo was to blame, but added that several possibilities were under review.
Today Yonhap news agency said experts had found that traces of explosives recovered from the wreckage of the 1,200-tonne Cheonan were identical to the torpedoes used by North Korea.
According to Yonhap, investigators were able to compare material from the wreckage with a stray North Korean torpedo found off the South's coastline seven years ago.
"After analysing explosive traces recovered from the Cheonan and the seabed, we've got hold of evidence decisive enough to conclude [the Cheonan] came under a North Korean torpedo attack," the official told Yonhap.
The defence ministry told Associated Press that it could not confirm the report, but it did confirm the existence of the stray torpedo.
The US president, Barack Obama, discussed the investigation in a telephone call with his counterpart in South Korea, Lee Myung-bak, yesterday. The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, is due to visit Seoul next week.
Originally posted by Zosynspiracy
It's easy to blame............Obama can do that. It's another to actually initiate consequences. What are they going to do threaten sanctions?
The ENTIRE world needs to come down on NK not just America and SK. China as well needs to help SK. If not then China needs to be punished.