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Anger at North Korea over 'sinking'

• Al Jazeera

There has been angry reaction in Seoul and around the world after international investigators said there was overwhelming evidence that a submarine from North Korea sank a South Korean warship in March.

Lee Myung-bak, South Korea's president, was reduced to tears as he spoke on national TV about the investigation, promising "resolute countermeasures".

Condemnation has also come from the United Nations, the United States and Japan.

Pyongynag said the investigation was a "sheer fabrication" and has warned of "full scale" war if new sanctions are imposed upon the country.

The investigation team, which included experts from the US, Britain and Sweden, said the explosion that sank the Cheonan in the disputed Yellow Sea border on March 26 was caused by a torpedo.

It said markings in Korea's Hangeul script were found on salvaged parts and matched markings on a stray North Korean torpedo recovered by the South seven years ago.

The White House, calling the report "objective and scientific", strongly condemned the deadly attack.

Sanctions call

Steve Chao, Al Jazeera's correspondent in the South Korean capital, said the report had major implications in terms of North-South relations, as well as the region.

"The South Korean president is expected to approach the UN Security Council to call for tighter sanctions against the North, a call that is already seeing support from Seoul's allies," he said.

"In recent days the South Korean government has been presenting this evidence to a number of countries to gather support.

"We've already heard support from strong allies such as Australia, the US and Japan."

The North Korean National Defence Commission, in a statement on the official news agency, said it will send its own investigators to the South to check the purported evidence.

"Our army and people will promptly react to any 'punishment' and 'retaliation' and to any 'sanctions' infringing upon our state interests with various forms of tough measures including an all-out war," it said.

4 Comments in Response to

Comment by Concerned Patriot
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 That last comment made no sense and i never said anything about your intelligencs only that you are a wapanese.....bakadude

Did someone say wapanese? Because i thought i heard someone say wapanese.

Comment by Anonymous
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 Hey, con patriot ... if you are not more idiotic than I am, when did they release you from your straitjacket? Calm down. Take your Lexapro. Delusionals out of their pen like you are not going to start a nuke war.

Comment by Concerned Patriot
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I would be more inlcined to believe you bakadude if your name didnt translate to idiot dude

Comment by Anonymous
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 Investigate More Before We Jump Into The Abyss Of Nuclear War …

1. I don’t care what the North and South Koreans say. But there is no evidence that North Korea did it. The Nokor torpedo could have been fired by an unknown submarine. North Korea exports or sells weapons to other countries. CHT-02D is one of them. A third party provocateur who would benefit from the conflict could have done it.

2. Investigators only arrived at a "plausible" conclusion or explanation that North Korea did it. Plausible means maybe, probable, likely … it is not what it really is. Conjecture is synonymous to it.

3. It occurred on an indefinite and contested borderline. Other submarines were in or frequently seen around the controversial area.

This is all what we get from reports [read the quotes below] … examine and see how weak is this rush and dangerous conclusion that the North Korean torpedo was fired from a North Korean submarine.

"It said torpedo parts recovered including the propellers, propulsion motor and a steering section "perfectly match the schematics of the CHT-02D torpedo included in introductory brochures provided to foreign countries by North Korea for export purposes".

"The evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that the torpedo was fired by a North Korean submarine," the joint civilian and military investigation team  said.

"There is no other plausible explanation."

"Intelligence gathered with the South's allies - the US, Britain and Australia - showed North Korean submarines were likely in operation near the scene of the sinking, with similar vessels of other neighbouring countries all inside their territorial waters." [only likely]

"Based on all such relevant facts and classified analysis, we have reached the clear conclusion that [South Korea's] Cheonan was sunk as a result of an external underwater explosion caused by a torpedo made in North Korea," the report said.

"The North refuses to accept the borderline drawn in the Yellow Sea, where the Cheonan went down."

"The area was the scene of deadly clashes in 1999 and 2002 and of a firefight last November that left a North Korean boat in flames."

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