Washington: South Korea will formally blame
North Korea for launching a torpedo that sank a South Korean
warship in March, killing 46 sailors, The Washington Post
reported, citing US and East Asian officials.
The officials told the newspaper that an investigation
found that the torpedo was identical to a North Korean torpedo
that had previously been obtained by South Korea.
The Chenoen sank in the Yellow Sea March 26 after being
ripped in two by an explosion that killed 46 South Korean
Pieces of the warship were put together by investigators
from Australia, Britain, Sweden and the United States at the
port of Pyongtaek, 65 km west of Seoul.
The Post said South Korea will formally blame North Korea
today and ask the UN Security Council to take up the issue,
pressing for a tightening of sanctions on Pyongyang.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will also ask the
United States to delay for several years a plan to pass
wartime operational control over all forces in South Korea
from the United States to the South Korean military, the
The Pentagon declined to comment on the report and the US
State Department said they would wait for the end of the
investigation before weighing in.