No DPRK submarine detected at time of S.Korean warship sinking: Defense Ministry

09:22, April 02, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 


South Korea's Ministry of Defense said on Thursday that no submarine of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was detected at the time of its warship Cheonan's sinking Friday night.

In a 27-page press release, the ministry said "no signs of North Korean (DPRK) submarine activity were detected in the area at the time of the incident".

The 1,200-ton South Korean naval vessel with 104 crew members onboard sank into waters off the west coast of the Korean Peninsula last Friday night due to an unexplained explosion.

The ministry also said another South Korean naval vessel Sokcho fired at an unspecified target toward the north in response after it found a "fast-moving" target in its radars, believing it was a vessel from the DPRK that launched an attack to Cheonan, but the object was found to be a "flock of birds".

However, the ministry said the military are continuing to monitor the DPRK's movements closely, and pledged to release all of the probe results to the public.

The incident occurred less than three months after tensions abruptly rose on the Korean peninsula following the DPRK's repeated firing of artillery shells earlier this year into waters near the de facto sea border, where the two sides had naval skirmishes before.

Pyongyang refuses to acknowledge the maritime border, which was fixed unilaterally by the U.S.-led United Nations Command after the 1950-1953 Korean War.

It is believed that the incident is one of the biggest disasters in the country's naval history that left a 1,200-ton warship torn apart and submerged, while 46 out of 104 crew members are still missing despite continued search and rescue operations.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Members of civil organizations who oppose laws that allow voluntary abortion, participate in a protest in front of the Supreme Court in Mexico City, capital of Mexico, on Sept. 26, 2011. The Supreme Court began on Monday a debate on a constitutional reform in the states of Baja California and San Luis Potosi, which establish the beginning of the right to life during conception, contradicting the federal constitution. (Xinhua/Claudio Cruz)
  • Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the China Today Art Week in Malmo, Sweden, Sept. 26, 2011. (Xinhua/Liu Yinan)
  • ATP top 1 and UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia Novak Djokovic plays with children at kindergarten "Brownie" in Smederevo, central Serbia, on Sept. 26, 2011. The kindergarten is specialized for children with disabilities and refugees. Djokovic was appointed as a UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia last August. (Xinhua/Vladimir Gogic)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 26, 2011 shows the Shundang Caifeng Bridge in Yunlong County of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province. The Shundang Caifeng bridge, a wooden cantilever bridge of almost 400 years, is still used for transportation and tourism. Across the rivers of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture stand many bridges with antique flavour, attracting a lot of tourists. (Xinhua/Chen Haining)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 26, 2011 shows the exterior view of the Mali Hospital in Bamako, Mali. The Mali Hospital, built with Chinese aid, officially opened on Monday. (Xinhua/Wang Zizheng)
  • Participants have a group photo taken at the World Media Summit Presidium Meeting in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 27, 2011. Leaders or representatives of 11 world mainstream media attended the meeting opening on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Li Tao)
Hot Forum Discussion