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Friday, July 09, 2010

U.N. Draft Condemns Ship Sinking Without Blaming North Korea - NYTimes.com

U.N. Draft Condemns Ship Sinking Without Blaming North Korea - NYTimes.com: "UNITED NATIONS — Key Security Council members have agreed on a statement, presented to the council on Thursday, that condemns the sinking of a South Korean warship that left 46 sailors dead, but avoids singling out North Korea for the attack.

Since early June, the United States and its main Asian allies on the issue, Japan and South Korea, have been pressing the Security Council to take a firm stance on the fatal attack on the ship, the Cheonan, in March. But China and Russia were adamant that the council not blame North Korea directly, according to Security Council diplomats.

The statement “condemns the attack which led to the sinking of the Cheonan” and “calls for appropriate and peaceful measures to be taken against those responsible,” without blaming North Korea. It also notes that North Korea denied involvement.

But it does cite a South Korean investigation, in which five nations participated, that concluded that North Korea torpedoed the ship." More...

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