UN chief calls report on sinking South Korea ship "deeply troubling"

15:09, May 20, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement Wednesday night, calling the investigation report on the sinking of a South Korean naval ship in March "deeply troubling."

Ban has learned of the results of the investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan naval ship "with a heavy heart and serious concern," said the statement.

"The facts laid out in the report are deeply troubling," it said, adding that the UN chief will "continue to closely follow developments."

International investigators concluded Thursday in Seoul that the South Korean navy warship was torpedoed by a DPRK submarine and the torpedo was manufactured in the DPRK.

The 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, resulting in one of the worst peacetime casualties in the country's naval history.

"The evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that the torpedo was fired by a North Korean (DPRK) submarine. There is no other plausible explanation," they said in a statement.

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.

Source:Xinhua
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