China reaffirms stance on sinking of S.Korean ship 'Cheonan'

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New Delhi, July 8 (ANI): China on Thursday said that it will keep communicating with the parties involved in the sinking of the Republic of Korea's frigate "Cheonan".

"We have clearly declared our stance on the ship sinking many times. We hope relevant parties deal with the incident appropriately, in consideration of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula," the Xinhua news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang, as telling a regular press briefing in Beijing.

Qin said the incident is still being discussed by the United Nations Security Council.

On March 26, the ROK Navy frigate "Cheonan," with 104 crew members onboard, went down off the ROK island of Baekryeong off the west coast due to an unexplained explosion. Forty-six sailors were killed.

Seoul said after completing an investigation that the warship was torpedoed by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). But Pyongyang has denied its involvement in the incident.

On June 4, South Korea delivered a letter formally requesting the UN Security Council to take action over the sinking of its ship.

The Security Council has not reached any conclusion on the issue yet. (ANI)

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