UN chief expected to receive report on sinking of South Korea naval ship: spokesman

08:39, May 20, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon is expected to receive a report on Thursday on the sinking of a South Korea naval ship, the UN spokesman, Martin Nesirky, told reporters Wednesday.

Ban has been following the situation with concern and has seen reports in the media carrying the official's comments, Nesirky said in response to a question on comments by a South Korean official blaming the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the sinking of the naval ship.

Nesirky, however, added that the secretary-general was awaiting an official report from the Republic of Korea, expected on Thursday, before making any further comment.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan said on Wednesday that involvement of the DPRK in the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship in March is "obvious," the Yonhap news agency reported.

However, the DPRK denied its involvement in the incident, reports said.

The 1,200-ton naval ship "Cheonan," with 104 crew members onboard, went down on March 26 near the South Korean island of Baekryeongdo off the west coast after an unexplained explosion, killing 46 sailors.

The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea on Wednesday released a statement accusing South Korea of taking advantage of the sinking of its Cheonan warship in March to push north-south relations to a catastrophe.

In the statement released through the official KCNA news agency, the committee said the campaign against the DPRK launched by South Korea in the wake of the sinking of the Cheonan reached the height of its confrontation and war moves.

The authorities of the south side regard the accident as a golden opportunity for pushing north-south relations to a catastrophe, the statement said.

(Editor:梁军)

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