Russian president calls for thorough probe into S Korean warship sinking

15:47, June 18, 2010      

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday called for a "thorough investigation" into the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan before any action is taken against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

"Although only one version has been broadly circulated, we should not take it immediately for granted," Medvedev was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying. "A thorough investigation is needed."

Russia earlier dispatched a team of experts to South Korea for a field investigation.

"As soon as the results are obvious and become public knowledge, we can talk about punishing the guilty ... I mean a certain state or some other forces," added the president.

Korean Peninsula tensions increased after the Cheonan sank into waters off the west coast of the Korean Peninsula on March 26, killing 46 sailors.

South Korea said its investigations showed a DPRK submarine fired a torpedo at the vessel. Pyongyang denies the charge.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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