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The US has submitted a draft statement to the UN Security Council, condemning what it calls "an attack" leading to the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.
The US ambassador to the UN says the statement shows the Council's unity in response to the sinking.
Susan Rice, US Ambassador to UN, said, "In short this important statement shows the Council's unity in confronting threats to peace and security. It underscores the importance of preventing further attacks and emphasizes the critical need to maintain peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in the larger region."
Rice tabled the draft statement at Thursday's closed-door Security Council meeting after the five permanent members reached an agreement on it. The draft statement expresses "deep concern" at the findings by an international panel which claims the DPRK sunk the warship. But, it also noted Pyongyang's denial of responsibility.
The Council needs consultations before it adopts the draft statement with a vote expected on Friday.