World War 3?
May 19, 2010 8:58am CST
http://abcnews.go.com/International/obvious-north-korea-sank-south-korean-ship/story?id=10685652 A North Korean torpedo was responsible for the March 26 sinking of a South Korean navy ship and the deaths of 46 sailors aboard, South Korean officials said. S.Korea minister blames North for warship sinking Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan said today it was "obvious" that the North Koreans sank the Cheonan warship as it sailed near the disputed water between the two Koreas. Officials in Seoul and Washington told ABC News that the South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak is preparing a statement for early next week that will officially blame the North and inevitably ratchet up tensions in the region. Until now, South Korea has been careful about apportioning blame to the North without substantial evidence. Pyongyang has repeatedly denied any involvement in the sinking. The smoking gun is a propeller that presumably powered the torpedo which a pair of South Korean fishing boats found at the bottom of the ocean last weekend. The propeller itself was in a "relatively fine condition," reported Chosun Ilbo, South Korea's largest daily newspaper. A team of investigators from Australia, Britain, Sweden, and the United States have concluded after deciphering the serial number engraved on the propeller that the font and the engraving technique is in North Korean style. The team has been analyzing the recovered parts of the wrecked Cheonan navy vessel at Pyongtaek port, 42 miles southwest of Seoul. They are to submit an official report on Thursday. Also expected to be included in this report is the analysis of traces of explosives recovered from the damaged vessel and pieces of the suspected torpedo. The South Korean press has been reporting for the past few weeks that the traces of explosives have an identical chemical make-up to the substances found in a stray North Korean torpedo which the South seized in 2003. "The whole thing is like James Bond," said one U.S. official who confirmed to ABC News that the U.S. has a picture of the pieces from the North Korean torpedo recovered from the bottom of the ocean. President Lee and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed during a 25-minute telephone conversation Tuesday that both countries will work to impose stronger sanctions against North Korea immediately after the official announcement is made. Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada told his South Korean counterpart on Monday that Japan is also on board to pressure North Korea. So, if North Korea is responsible, will Obama take the swift action he promised? Who will bomb who? and what do you think the outcome will be? Is this just what the economy needed?
20 May 10
Money just keeps stacking up whether it's in war or peace, as well as debts... It's such a shame that human advances don't match with spiritual. I really just find it confusing why North Korea stays the way they are..what a shame that some people can't really enjoy peace and appreciate it..I believe it's time for us to think not for ourselves...
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
19 May 10
I think if it had been confirmed immediately after the attack South Korea would have responded with a counter strike. I don't think anything is going to happen now though. I'm with mike....a strongly worded reprimand and some begging the UN security council to impose more useless sanctions and hemming and hawing. North Korea is pretty well contained anyway. Despite one of the largest militaries on earth...it is not very technically advanced, the don't have an effective delivery system for their nuclear weapons and all the power is centralized and confined to Kim Jong Il and some top military leaders, we can take those guys out any time we want really.
• United States
19 May 10
i really dont know why we even bother with these little pests, they all talk a big game but when push comes to shove and we are in dire straights if barack baby doesnt do something i think our military is gonna push barack aside and take care of business, no questions asked. sanctions my ash enough talk, send in some mercs and take that little nut job in the north out.
• United States
19 May 10
Gee Laglen-way2go with bringin' me all down with reality and stuff right before my coffee run. I'm already down with the oil spill in ma backyard. And I aint talkin' Beverly Hillbillies neither. Gosh Darn-it! I just got done watching the movie,"Class of Nuke-em High." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F_zWIs0S9k
• Vanderhoof, British Columbia
19 May 10
Well Let's see. The answer to that is NOTHING. Obama will give a strongly worded message to North Korea. That's it. It's not what he should do mind you, but it's all. Kinda makes you will Ronnie Reagan was still president huh?