Policy Brief - United States Institute of Peace
After the Cheonan Investigation Report: What's Next?
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South Korea officially concludes that a North Korean torpedo sank the Cheonan — Where do we go from here?
"The South Korean government on May 20, 2010 released the findings of its international investigation into the March 26 sinking of the Cheonan, a 1,200-ton South Korean naval vessel. The investigation team-composed of experts from South Korea, the United States, Australia, Britain, and Sweden-officially stated that: "The evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that the torpedo was fired by a North Korean submarine. There is no other plausible explanation."1
USIP's John Park answers some questions regarding South Korea's next steps and how other key countries and players may react, and the prospects for resuming the Six-Party Talks on North Korea's nuclear program.
1 "Investigation Result on the Sinking of ROKS Cheonan," ROK Ministry of National Defense, May 20, 2010.