State Watchdog Examines Response to Cheonan Sinking

      May 04, 2010 10:38

      The Board of Audit and Inspection on Monday began auditing the Defense Ministry, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Navy authorities over their response to the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan in an unexplained explosion on March 26.

      Twenty-nine inspectors specializing in defense affairs will carry out the audit, which is conducted at Defense Minister Kim Tae-young's request, until May 19.

      A spokesman for the state watchdog said the audit aims to "identify problems in the response to the crisis caused by the sinking of the Cheonan on March 26. We're going to find out whether military authorities' initial response was insufficient and who was responsible."

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