Listen to RFI News
Expand Player
Listen Download Podcast
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 09/18 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 09/17 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 09/16 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/05 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/04 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/03 13h00 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.

North Korean torpedo sank South's ship, report finds

media News teams take footage of torpedo parts salvaged from the Yellow Sea during … Reuters

A multinational investigation has concluded that a North Korean torpedo sank a South Korean navy ship in March. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the report was “deeply troubling”, while the United States strongly condemned “the act of aggression” in which 46 sailors died.

The 1,200-tonne Cheonan ship was sunk on 26 March near the disputed inter-Korean border.

On Thursday, an investigation team which included experts from the United States, Australia, Britain and Sweden, presented its findings in Seoul.

“The evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that the torpedo was fired by a North Korean submarine,” the team said during a nationally televised press conference. “There is no other plausible explanation.”

North Korea said the report was based on “sheer fabrication” and warned of “all-out war” in response to any punitive measures. The South is expected to ask the UN Security Council to impose new security measures.

The news was widely condemned by a number of other countries including Japan and Britain.

In the United States, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs described the report as an “objective and scientific review of the evidence”.

"This act of aggression is one more instance of North Korea’s unacceptable behaviour and defiance of international law,” he said. “Such unacceptable behaviour only deepens North Korea’s isolation."

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd joined Gibbs in suggesting the attack was a violation of the armistice agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.