North Korea Denies Sinking South’s Ship, Warns of War
North Korea has warned that it will retaliate if ever Pyongyang is attacked or sanctioned for allegedly firing a torpedo at a South Korean military ship in March. In a press conference, a North Korean official flatly denied that the country had any thing to do with the sinking of the Cheonan, which was ripped by a powerful blast on March 26, killing 46 South Korean sailors.
North Korean naval spokesman Col. Pak In-ho said that his country will wage an “all-out war” if South Korea ” tries to deal any retaliation or punishment, or if they try sanctions or a strike on us.” Pak said evidence accusing North Korea of firing a torpedo was “fabricated.” An independent, international investigative team presented the evidence on Thursday, justifying what South Korea had always suspected. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak called a meeting with security officials on Friday to discuss what he promises to be “resolute countermeasures.”
The United States has already weighed in on the issue, saying that North Korea’s “act of aggression” violated international law and the 1953 truce signed by the two Korean states. The situation has again isolated the hermetic North Korean government, raising tensions in the Korean Peninsula. However, South Korea is not expected to launch a unilateral retaliation against its neighbor as it is prohibited from doing by the armistice.