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U.N. Panel Condemns Sinking of Korean Ship
- By JOE LAURIA
UNITED NATIONSThe U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a formal statement on Friday formally condemning the attack on a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors last March without directly blaming North Korea.
The statement "calls for appropriate and peaceful measures to be taken against those responsible for the incident." China, which agreed to the statement, has not blamed North Korea, and attempted in a month-long negotiation to have the document only refer to the attack as an "event."
In the end, the statement notes "responses from other relevant parties, including from [North Korea,] which has stated that it had nothing to do with the incident."
But the council also referred to an international panel convened by South Korea that blamed the sinking on a deliberate torpedo attack by the North.
"In view of the findings of the Joint Civilian-Military Investigation Group led by the ROK with the participation of five nations, which concluded that [North Korea] was responsible for sinking the Cheonan, the Security Council expresses its deep concern," the statement said. "Therefore, the Security Council condemns the attack which led to the sinking of the Cheonan."
South Korea's U.N. ambassador, Park In-kook, called the statement a "clear message" by the international community "in condemning and deploring North Korea's attack on the Korean naval ship." He said Seoul was grateful to all Security Council members — which includes China — for "unanimously adopting this statement."
Mr. Park said the "strong" statement clearly blamed the North and would "serve to make North Korea refrain" from similar attacks or provocations in the future.
Chinese Ambassador Li Baodong made no comments to reporters. A call to China's U.N. Mission was not returned.
"The message to North Korean leadership is crystal clear: the Security Council condemns and deplores this attack; it warns against any further attacks; and insists on full adherence to the Korean Armistice Agreement," Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador, told reporters.
Ms. Rice said the international probe, led by South Korea with assistance from Australia, Canada, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S., had "methodically examined the evidence" including recovered parts of a torpedo, to determine culpability.
"The investigative team concluded that the Cheonan was sunk by a North Korean torpedo fired by a North Korean submarine," Ms. Rice said. She added that one needn't be a "scholar of the English language" to understand that "attack" is "not a neutral term."
But North Korean ambassador Sin Son Ho called the statement which avoids direct blame a "great diplomatic victory" because "we have made it clear that this incident had nothing to do with us."
Mr. Ho, however, blasted the Security Council for failing to bring "correct judgement" to the issue, which he said should have been resolved between the two Koreas without U.N. Involvement. "We are determined to dig out the truth," he told reporters.
Mr. Ho said North Korea was ready to reengage in stalled six-party talks with the aim of "denuclearizing" the Korean peninsula. The Security Council has passed two rounds of sanctions against Pyongyang for testing a nuclear device and launching a ballistic missile.
Mr. Ho also said the North was ready to negotiate a peace treaty to replace the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.