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S Korea to take N Korea to UN over ship sinking

Last Updated: Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 18:04

Seoul: South Korea will take Pyongyang to the
UN Security Council as part of measures it will pursue over
the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on a North Korean
torpedo attack, officials said Sunday.

An international team of investigators announced last
week that a North Korean submarine fired a homing torpedo on
March 26, tearing apart the 1,200-ton Cheonan and killing 46
sailors on board.

North Korea called the investigation results a
fabrication and warned any retaliation would trigger war.

Tomorrow, President Lee Myung-bak is to address the
nation to define the tragedy as a "clear armed provocation" by
North Korea and disclose his resolve to take "stern" action
against the regime, according to his press adviser, Lee

Lee will announce what measures South Korea can take
against North Korea on its own and in cooperation with the
international community, the adviser said.

The president "will also speak about referring (North
Korea) to the UN Security Council," he said.
It is unclear what measures Seoul would solicit from the
world body against Pyongyang.

What specific action the Security Council should take is
under discussion among its members.

In general, punitive measures against a country involved
in provocative acts include economic sanctions and adopting a
statement condemning its acts, a presidential official said on
condition of anonymity, citing department policy.


First Published: Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 18:04

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