Sinking of the Cheonan Self-Inflicted, N.Korea Says

      April 16, 2010 12:00

      North Korean authorities are portraying the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan near the de facto maritime border as a self-inflicted disaster, Open Radio for North Korea reported Thursday.

      Quoting North Korean sources, the defector radio station said the regime in a recent lecture given to party officials said, "A warship of the puppet South Korean Navy, engaged in an aggressive war exercise along with the United States, was buried in the West Sea." It said this was a "self-inflicted drama" by "hostile forces" bent on proving "the righteousness of their hostile policy" toward North Korea.

      It added this was part of a broader plot by the South Korean government to keep the situation on the Korean Peninsula insecure.

      North Korea is using the shipwreck as an opportunity to tighten its hold internally, the radio station said. The regime warned party officials to "raise our guard against the enemy's schemes," it added.

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