South Korean activists accuse North Korea over sunken ship

South Korean activists accuse North Korea over sunken ship
# 14 May 2010 23:10 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. Thousands of protesters rallied Friday in central Seoul, accusing North Korea of sinking a South Korean warship and calling for revenge, APA reports quoting AFP.
"Tear down Kim Jong-Il’s terrorist regime," they shouted, in reference to the North’s leader, raising placards reading "Vengeance" and "Remember the Cheonan".
Suspicions are growing that a North Korean torpedo sank the Cheonan, a 1,200-tonne corvette, near the disputed inter-Korean border on March 26.
A multinational investigation into the blast, which tore the ship apart with the loss of 46 lives, is due to report next week. The North denies involvement.
Protesters, including uniformed army veterans, observed a moment of silence for victims and sang the national anthem. Police estimated the crowd at 6,500.
Speakers at the rally claimed the North was clearly responsible for the sinking and urged Seoul to take strong action in response.
"Attacking without declaring war is terrorism," they said in a statement. "There can never be negotiation with terrorists. The government should tear down the Kim Jong-Il terrorist regime using any means."
Experts investigating the blast are checking salvaged metal fragments to see if they match a stray North Korean torpedo retrieved intact in 2003.
A senior government official quoted by Yonhap news agency said the probe results would be announced around May 20 as scheduled.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to visit South Korea on May 25 for discussions on joint measures against those responsible for the blast.
There has been no confirmation from the State Department of Clinton’s visit. South Korea’s foreign ministry also said it could not confirm the report.