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North Korea rebuffs South Korea's evidence on Cheonan attack

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.

Yoon Duk-yong, right, co-head of the team investigating the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan, stands next to torpedo parts salvaged from the Yellow Sea during a press conference at the Defense Ministry in Seoul, Thursday.

Jung Yeon-je/AP

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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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