Tension heightened on Korean Peninsula over warship sinking

13:12, May 21, 2010      

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New flare-ups over a warship sinking has further fueled tension between the south and north on the Korean Peninsula as both sides vowed to take a hard line following the publication of investigation results of the incident.

Pyongyang went furious about investigation results claiming that the South Korean warship Cheonan was torpedoed by a submarine of the north.

It declared the current situation as "a phase of war" as South Korea vowed to take "firm measures" against Pyongyang over the sinking of the warship.

"(South Korea) will take firm measures against North Korea and make it admit its wrongdoings through strong international cooperation," South Korean President Lee Myung-bak told Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Thursday in phone talks.

Seoul has excluded retaliatory military strikes against Pyongyang, but will seek to impose harsher sanctions against its neighbor.

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