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  • The Wall Street Journal

Seoul to Blame North for Attack


on Ship

 

Formal Report Will Cite Torpedo, Officials Say;

Clinton Due to  Visit Region in Coming Days


as South Korea Forms Response

South Korea's foreign minister said Wednesday it was obvious that North Korea sank a South Korean warship and that a multinational investigation team would provide ample evidence to support the claim.

 

Reuters

The Cheonan's stern was raised to probe the cause of its March sinking.

Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan made the remarks to journalists after speaking at business lunch. "We have enough evidence," Mr. Yu said in response to a question about whether South Korea could seek penalties at the United Nations Security Council.

 

Mr. Yu made the remarks a day ahead of a formal announcement of the results of the investigation into the March sinking of the Cheonan, in which 46 South Korean sailors died.

 

Investigators from the U.S., Britain, Australia and Sweden have assisted Seoul in a probe of the Cheonan's wreckage, piecing together warship sections recovered last month in the Yellow Sea. "The investigation is going to say that the ship was sunk by a torpedo of North Korean origin," said a senior U.S. official working on Korean issues.

 

South Korean officials have told U.S. officials that the torpedo and its explosives are similar to a North Korean missile found nearly seven years ago. South Korean newspapers on Wednesday reported that investigators found a propeller with numbers in a lettering style that resembles one used in North Korea. A South Korean defense spokesman declined to comment on the reports.

Senior U.S. officials said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is scheduled to leave Thursday for a visit to the region, will raise the issue while in Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul.

 

The announcement presents a dilemma for both South Korea and its ally the U.S. Neither has shown any desire for a military response, but they have few levers for punishing the North. Seoul is likely to pull out of its few remaining economic projects with the North. The report will also strike a blow to already-stalled U.S.-led diplomatic efforts to persuade the North to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

 

U.S. officials said Washington wants to demonstrate a strong response to Pyongyang without risking a military escalation between the two Koreas.

 

Reuters

Seoul is set to accuse North Korea of killing 46 sailors, mourned above in a late April service, in a torpedo attack.

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