June 15th, 2010
01:16 PM ET

North Korea rejects torpedo findings, threatens war

North Korea rejected Tuesday international findings that it sank a South Korean ship, warning at the United Nations that the dispute could lead to war.

"A war may break out any time," Ambassador Sin Son Ho said, accusing South Korea of "fabricating" the results of the investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan.

The loss of the ship and 46 sailors in March raised tensions on the Korean peninsula.

North and South Korea presented their cases to the U.N. Monday, and South Korea then urged the Security Council to take "timely and appropriate measures."

North Korea's envoy responded harshly Tuesday.

"If the Security Council releases any documents against us, condemning or pressuring us... then myself as diplomat, I can do nothing... the follow-up measures will be carried out by our military forces," he said.

United Nations Security Council President Claude Heller said Monday that the U.N. body is "gravely concerned" about the latest tensions.

Heller said the council is concerned over the potential "impact on peace and stability on the Korean peninsula" as a result of the March 26 sinking of the Cheonan in disputed waters.

"We presented and explained to (the council) the evidence that the Cheonan was sunk by a torpedo, which was made in North Korea, and launching was also done by a North Korean ... submarine," said Yoon Duk-yong, a science and physics professor serving as a civilian expert on the South Korean panel.

Yoon said the findings were based on evidence recovered after the sinking, including an intact piece of the torpedo with propellers, steering plates and a motor.

"We hope that on the basis of these findings," he said, "the Security Council will take timely and appropriate measures against the provocation of North Korea against the naval ship of the Republic of Korea."

But North Korea's ambassador disputed the international findings, comparing them to "some kind of fiction in Aesop's Fables.

"The 'investigation result' is a complete fabrication from A to Z," he said.

The council is calling on both sides "to refrain from any act that could escalate tensions in the region," Heller said.

The two-hour meeting was held behind closed doors Monday afternoon and was also attended by United States, Australian, British, Swedish and Canadian scientific experts who had participated in the investigation.

The Japanese ambassador to the U.N. made brief remarks following the two nations' presentations, saying "there is no other explanation" than that the South Korean ship was sunk by a North Korean torpedo.

"I think the council should react in a decisive manner, but at the same time try to avoid any act which may provoke" a retaliatory attack, Ambassador Yukio Takasu said.

North Korea has repeatedly denied any responsibility in the sinking.

Heller said a decision has not yet been made on how to respond to the incident.

"The Security Council will continue its consultations," he said.

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  1. Eire Annalba

    N. Korea is like the petulant little boy crying "wolf" practically all the time. The problem is they are led by a nutcase with nukes, so you cannot dismiss their stupid threats.

    June 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryan

      the man who says he was born of a virgin out of a double rainbow claims he has nukes? do we believe him? or just worry that someone that insane might have one?

      June 15, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • SilkyMcNasty

      If they are incinerated above their own silos at launch...what good are they?

      June 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • salayem

      North Korean team world ranked 105 holds No.1 team Brazil goalless 45 minutes. They must be reckoned with.

      June 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SilkyMcNasty

    Yes, that's the mark of an innocent party to a "false accusation." Declare War.

    June 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SilkyMcNasty

    Who says they have nukes? Them?

    June 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Den

      NK's nukes are not deliverable – they simply won't fit into missile warhead or a bomber. Even if they jury-rig some cargo plane to carry it, the plane won't make it to SK.
      This is just a sabre-rattling. However, it might make sense to not wait until they do miniaturize their nukes, and bomb NK into stone age. USAF and Navy had no worthy targets for a decade now.

      June 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    It does not seem likely that the South would fabricate such a mess, especially at the cost of a ship and its crew. Nice try though Mr. Ill

    June 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • SilkyMcNasty

      Yes, I don't think the south fabricated all this. BUT, I wouldn't put it past the US to start this thing if the Rockefellers have ambitions over there....seeing how they had no problem killing 3,000 of our own civilians at the trade center. I don't put anything past anybody anymore.

      June 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • KRob

      Silky, your comment doesn't even warrant a response, except to say you need to move on from your unsupported conspiracy theories or move somewhere else.

      June 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rightwingconspirator

    Non proliferation was proven a sham as the NK's tested warheads and all that was done was an angry letter and unhelpful sanctions. The toothless tiger kitten was unable to elicit change. I refer to the UN, not President Obama.

    June 15, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nm

    Wars,killings,hate everywhere. we are going down . Religion, greed and crazy leaders will destroy everything on they path.They will destroy our children's future! We need to open our eyes ,and say no to goverment, no to money, no to crazyness poisoning our minds! It wont be easy but we can choose betwen total destruction or global peace.
    Hope we'll wake up and wipeout those maniacs who call them self leaders. I cant accept that we are just like sheeps blindly following leader to the slaughter house. WE ARE NOT! WE NEED TO WAKE UP !
    Peace to all of you.

    June 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • SilkyMcNasty

      The end of days my friend. These times were foretold, you must ride the ride until it is over.

      June 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Riccardo Rovina

    Soon war will arrive beetween the two Koreas. If am right or wrong simply let the time to say.

    June 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Albertcees

    @ Eire Annalba. Stop contradicting yourself. As for N. Korea, they are most certainly "NOT" crying wolf. They are dead serious.

    June 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • SilkyMcNasty

      Folks, I wouldn't sweat them much. When they spin their missles up for launch, we will simply pulse their electricity grid from space and they will sit there in the dark until the Tomahawks arrive. Jim- USMC (electronic warfare counter- measures ) Breathe easy.

      June 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gary

    Yawn, how many times have they threatened war in the last half century. They talk the talk, but they wont walk the walk. There just using it to score brownie points.

    June 15, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • SilkyMcNasty

      Again, they are hungry for food. Notice how they do this time and time again for aid?

      June 15, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. T

    I spent 16 months in Korea as a U.S. soldier from 1988 to 1989. The N. Koreans should not be under estimated, and the south Koreans should never be taken at thier word. The south wants to invade the north more than the north wants to invade the south. McNasty, keep in mind that governments often leak bogus info about thier own military to keep the other side guessing.

    June 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SilkyMcNasty

    Here it is. No one is really concerened about their missle technology. What is the problem is their threat of invasion to the south. Mass civilian killings and a ground fight. That can happen overnight as they are so close. It is a repeat of Viet Nam that we don't want. They can tell each other apart. However, Americans cannot. We would be hard pressed to tell a North Korean from a South Korean and therefore kill many friendlies by accident. When I was in Korea, I found this to be a fact. They all look the same to me!

    June 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SilkyMcNasty

    What base Gary? I went to Huasan, Taegu, Pusan, Pohang, Inchon with the Marines. 1980 Teamspirit Combat exercises.

    June 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • SilkyMcNasty

      I was based on Okinawa where we sit with 50 thousand Marines, Kadena airforce base, Fatema Helicopter airstation...etc. Do you think that idiot would start some stuff with so much US military on his back doorstep?

      June 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AntiWar

    I don't like to say but it looks like WW3 can start at any time.

    June 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AntiWar

    N. Korea by sitting on Nukes can threaten but cannot use them.
    At this moment, nukes can be used only if someone has suicidal tendency.

    June 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • SilkyMcNasty

      Not even that idot would use nukes fifty miles from his own territory. Even if he had them, the radiation would destroy his own country too.

      June 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SilkyMcNasty

    If we string a battalion of M-1 Abrams Battletanks along the 38th parallel, there would be no invasion. I would just like ring-side seats to it if they tried.

    June 15, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
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