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South Korea To Blame North For Torpedo Attack

I said when this event first occurred that it was likely a torpedo attack. While mines can and will severely damage a vessel, it takes a torpedo to break the back of a ship, and tear it apart.  South Korean Navy Corvette Cheonan was torpedoed and sunk with large loss of life on March 26 of this year.

Now comes this from the Washington Post:

South Korea will formally blame North Korea on Thursday for launching a torpedo at one of its warships in March, causing an explosion that killed 46 sailors and heightened tensions in one of the world’s most perilous regions, U.S. and East Asian officials said.

South Korea reached its conclusion that North Korea was responsible for the attack after investigators from Australia, Britain, Sweden and the United States pieced together portions of the ship at the port of Pyongtaek, 40 miles southwest of Seoul. The Cheonan sank on March 26, following an explosion that rocked the vessel as it sailed in the Yellow Sea off South Korea’s west coast.

You can read my other posts on this here here and here

There will be a reckoning for this action, and it is my personal opinion that it won’t be long in coming. South Korea sees it’s neighbor as becoming more unstable, what with the North’s alliances with Iran and Syria for the production of nuclear weapons and delivery systems, coupled with a ailing dictator and a restless military, things could get out of hand quickly.

Corvette Cheonan after recovery

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7 Responses to “South Korea To Blame North For Torpedo Attack”


  1. 1 SCOTT the BADGER
    May 18, 2010 at 23:59

    While not unexpected, this is a woorisome development. I hope South Korea will carry out an action that will let the NORKs know that this sort of thing won’t be tolerated, but not escalate. The problem being, the NORKs are ruled by a madman. This could turn very evil. It’s even more worrisome that we have to depend on Hillary Clinton to try and stop this, as Mr. Obama’s representative. I am most worried.

  2. May 19, 2010 at 01:18

    Yup… I worry about it quite a bit. Our guys over there are basically a speed bump to slow the NORKs down enough for us to get support in there.

    If the balloon goes up in Korea, I fear the current administration won’t have the intelligence, let alone the spine, to deal with it.

    • 3 SCOTT the BADGER
      May 19, 2010 at 07:51

      I concuur. The current administration is a collection of self deluded cowards, who believe that thier beliefs are more important than reality. How curious that thier desire to be ‘liked’ by everyone could lead us into a war, that they have done thier damnedest to assure that we will not be prepared to fight. Still, I am sure it is somehow all Bush’e fault.

  3. 4 ewok40k
    May 19, 2010 at 16:09

    SK has developed quite formidable forces themselves lately, from AEGIS DDGs to F-15Ks, I think they would be more than able to hold back NK invasion… US troops there are more a tripwire to guarantee US involvement and safeguard against possible Chinese involvement.

  4. 5 Mrs P
    May 20, 2010 at 15:09

    Have you ever been stationed in South Korea?

    A couple of years back (April 2008) a poll of first-year army cadets in the Korea Military Academy believed the United States the MAIN enemy of South Korea. That’s right….We’re behind the DRPK in their estimation, Japan is the next worst enemy and then the DPRK. This torpedo incident might bring us up to the DPRK but make no mistake in thinking the South Korean government is so very hell-bent on overturning the DPRK regime based on its nuclear arsenal. They might even look to it as their potential future arsenal.

    • 6 ewok40k
      May 21, 2010 at 20:01

      well, given Koreas precarious placement between China and Japan, retaining nukes after unification would be quite sensible. It is increasingly doubtful if Korea could count on US in case of trouble with China, and even more so with Japan.


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