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.
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.