N.Korean Regime Denies Hand in Cheonan Sinking

      May 18, 2010 09:51

      North Korea on Monday denied a hand in the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan on March 26. Yang Hyong-sop, the vice president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, said, "We will not tolerate the confrontations and warmongering schemes of the puppet regime of South Korea," according to the North's state-run media on Monday.

      This is the first time that a high-ranking North Korean official has directly denied involvement. Last month, North Korea's military issued a statement saying claims of the North's involvement were "fabrications." The latest comments were viewed as a precursor to vehement protests by North Korea as an investigative team probing the sinking plans to announce its findings on Thursday.

      Yang made the comments in an address marking the 30th anniversary of the May 18 Democratic Uprising in the South Korean city of Gwangju. He accused the South of "driving the political situation to the edge" by forcefully linking North Korea with the sinking.

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