July 02, 2010 10:56
North Korean diplomats are apparently on a concerted mission in their host countries to deny the North's involvement in the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan.
Han Bong-ho, the North's ambassador to Laos, recently told a senior Laotian government official if Pyongyang had really intended to strike the Cheonan, it would have fired not one torpedo, as the South Korean government claims, but several.
Han also claimed that the propulsion shaft of a North Korean torpedo that the South Korean investigation team presented as evidence was either planted there by the South Korean government or had lain in the waters for many years.
Lee Gun-tae, his South Korean counterpart, gave senior Laotian officials a detailed briefing on the evidence. As one of the last remaining communist countries, Laos has traditionally close relations with the North.
During a reception for diplomats in South Africa on June 11 for the 2010 World Cup, North Korean Ambassador An Hui-jong reportedly threatened South Korean Ambassador Kim Han-soo in the toilet. An reportedly told Kim, "We're not going to put up with it if you keep going like this."
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