June 01, 2010 09:21
Experts sent by the Russian government arrived in South Korea on Monday to review findings of an international probe into the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan in March.
But a diplomatic source said that China, another permanent member of the UN Security Council, rejected Seoul's offer to supply more data and a proposal that China also send specialists to check the findings.
The Russian experts listened to a briefing by investigators at the Defense Ministry. They will be briefed in greater detail Tuesday.
The four submarine and torpedo experts from Russia are expected to visit the Second Naval Fleet Command in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province and the scene of the wreck off Baeknyeong Island. They will stay until June 7.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin said the team "will find out the truth by examining as much data as possible, including shipwreck debris and fragments," and the Russian government will closely review the experts' report.
On Saturday, Russia said once it is established who sank the Cheonan, any measure the international community believes is necessary and appropriate should be taken.
A South Korean Foreign Ministry official said, "If the Russian probe team verifies North Korea's involvement, Russia will take appropriate action at the UN."
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