SEOUL, South Korea – An explosion caused by a torpedo likely tore apart and sank a South Korean warship near the North Korean border, Seoul's defense minister said Sunday, while declining to assign blame for the blast as suspicion increasingly falls on Pyongyang.
Defense Minister Kim Tae-young said an underwater explosion appeared to have ripped apart the vessel, and a torpedo blast seemed the most likely cause. Investigators who examined salvaged wreckage separately announced Sunday that a close-range, external explosion likely sank it.
If it turns out that North Korea attacked and sank the ship, then this was an act of war, and we must react accordingly. Attacking North Korea is beset with many problems, which is why we must at least consider the use of nuclear forces. At any rate, we need to make sure that North Korea will never rattle it's sabres ever again.
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