DPRK urges UN action on fact-finding of S. Korean warship sinking

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has asked the United Nations Security Council to act to help find the truth of the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan in March, official media reported Wednesday.

"The key to resolving the case lies in that the DPRK has an opportunity to verify and confirm the investigation result on a scientific and objective basis," Sin Son Ho, DPRK's permanent representative to the UN, said in a message sent Tuesday to Security Council chairman Claude Heller, the Korean Central News Agency reported.

Sin urged the Security Council to take measures that could lead to South Korean acceptance of a DPRK inspection group to verify the "investigation result."

If the "investigation result" was put on the agenda of the Security Council without verification by the DPRK, the sovereignty and security of the DPRK would be infringed upon, he said.

"No one would dare imagine how serious its consequences would be" for the peace and security on the Korean Peninsula, he added.

Cheonan sank on March 26 off South Korea's western coast after an explosion. Fourth-six sailors were killed.

South Korea said after completing investigation that the warship was torpedoed by the DPRK. Pyongyang denied any involvement in the incident.

South Korea officially referred the case to the UN Security Council on Saturday.

Source: Xinhua


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