(2nd LD) Lee calls for quick investigation into cause of warship sinking
By Lee Chi-dong
SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- President Lee Myung-bak ordered a "quick and thorough" investigation Saturday into what caused a South Korean warship to sink, keeping in mind "all possibilities," his office said.
The presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, also said that there has been no "unusual move" by North Korea so far despite initial media reports that the communist neighbor might be to blame for the incident that happened Friday night near the disputed western sea border between the two Koreas. The Navy said the 1,200-ton corvette foundered due to a hole caused by an explosion in the rear of the ship. The exact reason for the explosion was not confirmed.
"President Lee ordered (the military) to find the truth (behind the incident) quickly and thoroughly," saying the government should leave all possibilities open, Cheong Wa Dae spokeswoman Kim Eun-hye told reporters during an emergency meeting that was underway at the underground bunker of Cheong Wa Dae.