U.S. condemns act led to sinking of S Korean navy ship

13:02, May 20, 2010      

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South Korean naval ship, the Cheonan, sinks near South Korea's Baeknyeong Island, close to DPRK, in the western waters on Saturday, March 27, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

The United States on Wednesday "strongly condemns the act of aggression" that led to the sinking of the South Korean navy ship Cheonan.

"The president has expressed his deep sympathy to President Lee and the Korean people for the loss of 46 sailors on the Republic of Korea Navy ship Cheonan that was sunk on March 26 by a torpedo," the White House said in a statement.

"The United States strongly condemns the act of aggression that led to the deaths," the statement said.

The statement said the report issued by South Korea "points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that North Korea was responsible for this attack."

A group of civilian and military experts said the 1,200-ton warship Cheonan went sunk as a result of an "external underwater explosion" caused by a torpedo fired by a DPRK submarine.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has quickly rejected such claim. The country's National Defense Commission said it will dispatch inspectors to South Korea to verify the claim announced by a multinational team of investigators.



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