Sunday, 30 May 2010

We didn’t Sink South Korean Warship: North Korea

In the first press statement two months after the sinking of the South Korean warship “Cheonan” in March, North Korea Friday said it was not involved in the incident, and asked Seoul to conduct an “objective and fair” probe.

Whether or not South Korea received the inspection group from North Korea was the key to judging the “Cheonan” incident, Pak Rim Su, head of the policy bureau of North Korea’s National Defence Commission (NDC), was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

If the investigation results of South Korea were “just and honest,” it should receive the inspection group, Pak said, adding that the investigation should be “objective and fair”.

Any investigation here, where there are strong objections from the alleged perpetrating country, should be open to the public lest we suspect a cover up.

At present the North Korean claims of innocence have merit. The torpedo wreckage retrieved from the sea floor and shown to the public does not match up to the schematics of the alleged type of North Korean torpedo claimed by the investigating team.

The truth here is vitally important. It may mean the difference between war and continued truce.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 30th, 2010.]

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