SEOUL, June 23 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's parliamentary defense committee unanimously passed Wednesday a resolution condemning the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for sinking a South Korean navy warship.
Twelve lawmakers from both the ruling and opposition parties participated in approving the resolution, which will be submitted to a full session on June 28, according to local media reports.
The resolution, defining the alleged torpedo attack on a patrol ship as a violation of the 1953 armistice and the United Nations Charter, calls on the DPRK to apologize to South Korea for the incident and punish those responsible.
It also urges the South Korean government to deal resolutely with the incident through both military and non-military means.
Seoul recently brought the matter to the UN Security Council and is seeking to adopt a resolution or a strongly worded presidential statement censuring Pyongyang.
However, the DPRK has denied its involvement in the March 26 accident that killed 46 sailors, and its Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea released earlier this month a statement accusing South Korea of taking advantage of the sinking of the warship to push north-south relations to a catastrophe.