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DPRK urges U.N. to uphold justice in warship sinking investigation

06-11-2010 21:33 BJT

PYONGYANG, June 11 (Xinhua) -- The National Defence Commission (NDC) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday called on the United Nations Security Council to carefully handle the investigation results of the Cheonan case referred to it by South Korea, the official KCNA news agency said.

The DPRK would closely watch once again how the U.N. Security Council reacted to the "conspiratorial farce" and "charade" of South Korea, who on June 4 referred its dispute with the DPRK to the Security Council, a commission spokesperson was quoted as saying by the KCNA.

The DPRK would take merciless counter-actions to protect its dignity and security and supreme interests, and the U.N. should ensure justice in handling the case, said the spokesperson who asked the U.N. not to tolerate an unjust anti-DPRK campaign.

He said there was no reason for Seoul to refuse an NDC inspection team "if the results of the investigation into the case are objective and scientific enough to be referred to the U.N. forum".

The spokesman said South Korean authorities would never be able to escape a miserable end.

The 1,200-ton Cheonan corvette of South Korea with 104 crew members onboard sank on March 26 near the maritime border with the DPRK after an unexplained explosion.

Only 58 sailors were rescued alive shortly after the sinking. South Korean investigators issued the results of an investigation on May 20, claiming the Cheonan was sunk by a DPRK torpedo.

The NDC immediately rejected the claim and asked to send an inspection team to the south to verify the evidence but the request was rejected.

Sin Son Ho, DPRK's permanent representative at the U.N., sent a message to Claude Heller, president of the U.N. Security Council on June 9 to ask the U.N. to find the truth of the Cheonan case.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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