South Korean defense officials presented evidence Thursday that a North Korean submarine torpedoed the Cheonan, a South Korean Navy ship, in March, killing 46 sailors.
Seoul, South Korea
South Korea’s Defense Ministry Thursday formally charged North Korea with the attack on a South Korean Navy ship that killed 46 sailors – in the face of angry denials from North Korea, including a threat of “all-out war” if the South responded militarily.
North Korea’s National Defense Commission, chaired by the country’s leader Kim Jong-il, issued its statement in the midst of a briefing by South Korean defense officials on the torpedo they say split and sank the Cheonan.
Pyongyang offered to send its own investigators to South Korea to examine the evidence as weighed by a team of investigators from South Korea, United States, Britain, Australia, and Sweden. The offer was viewed as rhetorical, though, since North and South Korea have stopped virtually all talks.
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