Japanese Press Highlights Seoul's Diplomatic Defeat

      July 20, 2010 10:29

      South Korea suffered a total diplomatic defeat over North Korea's torpedo attack on the Navy corvette Cheonan, culminating in a toothless UN Security Council presidential statement on July 9, the Japanese media reported.

      The Sankei Shimbun on Monday recalled that the UNSC presidential statement failed to point to the North as the culprit. "North Korea is wearing a smile of satisfaction and calling this a diplomatic victory."

      "South Korea barely managed to save face but it suffered a deep wound in diplomacy as the UNSC statement failed to finger the North as the culprit," the daily added. "The U.S. and China engaged in a proxy war for South and North Korea at the UNSC. As a result, the North showed off its close ties with China to the world."

      The North Korean regime held a big dinner party at the Okryugwan Restaurant in Pyongyang on July 9, the eve of the 49th anniversary of the North Korea-China Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, and the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang hosted a return dinner the following day, the Sankei said. The UNSC presidential statement was adopted the same day. Under the mutual treaty, either party is supposed to automatically intervene in case of a war.

      "North Korea drove a wedge between the U.S. and China with a single torpedo," the paper added.

      The Asahi Shimbun a day earlier said Beijing has unofficially asked Washington to persuade Seoul to refrain from retaliatory action against North Korea, and the U.S. accepted this. It quoted South Korean officials as saying Seoul suffered a defeat in diplomacy.

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