South Korea buries sailors killed in ship sinking

South Korea mourned the loss of 46 sailors who died when a Navy ship sank after a blast widely believed to have been the result of a torpedo.

South Korea buries sailors killed in ship sinking

South Korea on Thursday mourned the loss of 46 sailors who died when a Navy ship sank after a blast widely believed to have been the result of a torpedo.

President Lee Myung-bak attended the funeral services held at the home base of the navy corvette Cheonan in this west coast port city 200 km (125 miles) from the disputed waters bordering the North where it sank. He awarded each of the dead an Order of Military Merit.

Leading the service on a brisk, windy spring morning, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Kim Sung-chan vowed to hunt down the culprits and punish them. "We will weed them out and make them pay the price," Kim said. Lee did not speak at the service.

Seoul has said it would issue its final verdict on what caused the ship to sink after an international team of investigators complete their probe. It has not given a date.

Lee needs to prevent turning the emotionally charged affair into a weapon for his political opposition at home ahead of June local elections which could, if his ruling party suffers a serious setback, damage his authority and ability to push through promised pro-business reforms.


Reuters

Last Mod: 29 Nisan 2010, 16:13
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