Time Erodes Evidence of N.Korean Torpedo Attack

      December 24, 2015 10:43

      The debris from a North Korean torpedo that sank the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan in March 2010 has corroded so badly that the evidence is barely recognizable, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

      The propeller of the North Korean torpedo is key evidence implicating the North in the sinking of the Cheonan. Especially, a serial number handwritten in Korean on the propeller has been considered decisive evidence that the North was the perpetrator.

      The handwritten serial number in blue on debris from the torpedo that sank the Navy corvette Cheonan in 2010 (left) is no longer seen in a picture (right) taken on Wednesday. /Yonhap

      The propeller is on display at the ministry.

      "We couldn't make any effort to preserve the propeller because we tried to prevent accusations of tampering with the evidence while court proceedings were underway," a ministry spokesman said.

      The trial concerned a person who claimed that the sinking was fabricated by the South Korean government.

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