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North Korea, UN officers to meet over ship sinking

Last Updated: Monday, July 12, 2010 - 13:57

Seoul: North Korean and US-led United Nations Command officers overseeing the Korean War truce will meet on Tuesday in the first meeting involving Pyongyang to discuss the sinking of a South Korean warship, an official said.

A team of investigators blamed the North for launching a torpedo attack on the South Korean corvette Cheonan in March, killing 46 sailors.

The UN. Security Council in a statement on Friday condemned the attack but did not explicitly blame the North.

North Korea denies it was involved in the sinking and has accused the South of masterminding a fabrication for political gain.
North Korea first rejected the call by the UN Command to meet and discuss any violation of the armistice ending the 1950-53 Korean War. It later changed its position and said it would accept such a meeting, after Seoul rejected its proposal to send a military team to inspect the sunken ship.
The meeting will take place at the Panmunjom truce village that straddles the military border between the two Koreas at 9 pm ET, Monday, the U.N. Command said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, July 12, 2010 - 13:57
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