Mourning messages are placed on a picture of the sunken South Korean naval corvette Cheonan, in central Seoul May 4, 2010.REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
A five country investigative committee announced Thursday morning that the sinking of the South Korean Naval ship Cheonan was torpedoed by a North Korean submarine. At this point North Korea still denies it sank the South Korean vessel. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak vowed “resolute” measures against North Korea will be forth coming.
The question is why? Why would North Korea sink a South Korean naval vessel and then deny involvement? What was/is to gain from such an attack? What will “resolute” measures be towards North Korea? A military option would be devastating to South Korea but can it continue to take attacks like these from North Korea without some retaliation and the safety of its people?
In this April 24, 2010 file photo, a giant offshore crane salvages the bow section of the South Korean naval ship Cheonan off Baengnyeong Island,South Korea. Investigators in Seoul say they have proof that North Korea fired a torpedo that sank a South Korean warship. The long-awaited investigation results released Thursday May 20, 2010, say the torpedo caused a massive underwater explosion that blew the ship apart in March.(AP Photo/Yonhap, Choi Jae-ku, File)
A family member of one of the 46 deceased sailors from the sunken South Korean naval vessel Cheonan cries as she touches a portrait during a funeral serviceat the Daejeon National Cemetery, about 140 km … REUTERS/Shin Hyeon-Jong/Korea Pool