Navy ship sinking might affect six-party talks: South Korea

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Seoul, Apr. 30 (ANI): The South Korean Government said that a mysterious sinking of its naval warship last month might affect chances of reopening the stalled six-party talks.I can't say the incident is directly related to the future of the six-party talks. But now that the state of affairs surrounding the Korean peninsula is affected by the incident, (the government) might need to review future process of the six-party talks in relation to the current situations," Xinhua quoted Kim Young-sun, Seoul's foreign ministry spokesman, as saying at a news briefing on Thursday.

Speculation is running high that North Korea had a hand in the recent sinking of a 1,200-ton corvette, especially after investigators looking into the incident concluded that a powerful external explosion at a close range, possibly caused by a torpedo or sea mine detonation, was the most likely cause of the incident.

The country's defense chief Kim Tae-young also publicly pointed a finger at possible torpedo attacks as a likely culprit. (ANI)

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