Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Sinking of ROKS Cheonan
Recently, President Lee Myung-bak made a condolence speech at the funeral of servicemen killed in the 2010 sinking of the naval corvette Cheonan by North Korean attack. The ROKS Cheonan sinking occurred on 26 March 2010, when Cheonan, a ROK navy ship carrying 104 personnel, sank off the country's west coast near Baengnyeong Island in the Yellow Sea, killing 46 seamen. A South Korean-led official investigation carried out by a team of international experts from South Korea, the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and Sweden presented a summary of its investigation on 20 May 2010, concluding that the warship had been sunk by a North Korean torpedo fired by a midget submarine. North Korea, however denied having had anything to do with the sinking, responding to what it referred to as the puppet military warmongers, right-wing conservative politicians and the group of traitors in South Korea. However, internal reports indicated Kim Jong-il had ordered the torpedo attack and is very proud of the success. How can a country call itself a proper nation when it is proud of the crimes and massacres they have commited? North Korea is none, but a rogue state.