Text of South Korean letter to Security Council

UNITED NATIONS (BestGrowthStock) – Following is the full text of a letter handed by South Korea on Friday to the U.N. Security Council concerning the sinking on March 26 of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan:

H.E. Ambassador Claude Heller

President of the Security Council

United Nations

4 June 2010

Excellency

I have the honor to bring to the attention of the Security Council the armed attack on 26 March 2010 by North Korea against the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy ship Cheonan (PCC-772) on patrol duties in the territorial waters of the ROK, 2.5 kilometers off the southwestern coast of Baekryong Island. The attack resulted in the sinking of the 1,200-ton ROK corvette leading to the deaths of 46 ROK servicemen on board.

The attack by North Korea was substantiated in the investigation conducted by the Joint Civilian-Military Investigation Group (JIG) of the ROK with the participation of international experts from Australia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, and the Multinational Combined Intelligence Task Force (MCITF) comprised of the ROK, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Based on material evidence obtained through the scientific and objective investigation, it was determined that the sinking was caused by an underwater explosion by a torpedo made in North Korea. The investigation result further established that additional evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that the torpedo was fired by a North Korean submarine. This corroborates that North Korea is responsible for the armed attack.

The armed attack by North Korea against the ROK Navy ship is a flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations, the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement and the 1992 Agreement on Reconciliation, Non-aggression and Exchanges and Cooperation between the South and the North. As such, the armed attack by North Korea constitutes a threat to the peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and beyond.

My government requests that the Security Council duly consider this matter and respond in a manner appropriate to the gravity of North Korea’s military provocation in order to deter recurrence of any further provocation by North Korea.

I should be grateful if you would have the present letter and enclosure circulated as a document of the Security Council.

Park In-kook

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations

Enclosure: Investigation Result on the Sinking of the ROKS “Cheonan”

Investment Research

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Text of South Korean letter to Security Council