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SKorean minister: Torpedo likely sank warship
AP via Yahoo News ^ | April 25, 2010 | HYUNG-JIN KIM

Posted on 04/25/2010 2:51:39 AM PDT by Enchante

SEOUL, South Korea – An explosion from a torpedo likely sank a South Korean warship that went down near the tense border with North Korea last month, the South's defense minister said Sunday amid growing speculation Pyongyang may be behind the blast.

Defense Minister Kim Tae-young said the most likely cause of the disaster was a torpedo exploding near the ship, with the force of the underwater blast ripping the vessel apart. Investigators who examined salvaged wreckage separately announced Sunday that a close-range, external explosion likely sank it.

"Basically, I think the bubble jet effect caused by a heavy torpedo is the most likely cause" for the blast, Kim told reporters.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: asia; axisofevil; cheonan; china; communism; dprk; japan; korea; maritime; nkorea; pyongyang; sinking; skorea; submarine; torpedo; usa
no surprise to many here, but wow.....
1 posted on 04/25/2010 2:51:39 AM PDT by Enchante
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To: Enchante

Now that South Korea’s Defense Minister has said this, what next...??


2 posted on 04/25/2010 2:55:22 AM PDT by Enchante (Obama and Brennan think that 20% of terrorists re-joining the battle is just fine with them)
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To: Enchante
While the North may be behind the sinking, it is the Chinese who have the quiet D/E boats...

With our troops tied up in Iraq and Afghanistan, a 'second conflict' might stretch things to the point that the Chinese could take Taiwan unopposed, even if DuhWon decided to get involved (unlikely).

3 posted on 04/25/2010 3:12:56 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo; TigerLikesRooster

ping


4 posted on 04/25/2010 3:29:31 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Interesting site with pics of old D boats.

http://pigboats.com/subs/d-boats.html

North Korea is still insane!


5 posted on 04/25/2010 3:37:27 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

When China takes Taiwan, I expect wholesale massacre of Taiwanese males. There are 30 million Chinese males with no hope of a female partner.


6 posted on 04/25/2010 3:38:17 AM PDT by Royal Wulff
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To: Royal Wulff

Commies need love, too. And, Taiwan, being just a province of China, has to share, equally. It’s not like all those dead revolutionary Enemies of the State will be using them. Everything belongs to the State, including breeding stock. I’m sure Lord Barak can explain it.


7 posted on 04/25/2010 4:07:36 AM PDT by jonascord (We've got the Constitution to protect us. Why should we worry?)
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To: driftdiver
Defense Minister and JCS of SK are pretty much trying to play straight, telling it as it is. It is political establishment who finds it 'very' inconvenient.

President Lee's gov finally admitted to SK media that he and his crew have been working on another inter-Korean summit a couple of days ago.

they said that, looking back, they sensed shift last Nov. when one NK patrol boat intrude into SK water and fired shots, which was met with a few thousands of rounds from SK navy. NK ship limped back to its base. Some report says that 10 NK crews died in that incident.

If that is the case, it might have been some kind of a test to see how much crap SK's new gov can put up with, and apparently it was not enough from Chia Head' point of view. NK clearly needed lots of aids with few strings attached. Sending back NK boat with so many holes in it is not reassuring to raise their hope, I guess.

Chia Head may go to China within a week or two. For now, I don't expect anything other than Chia Head turning more to China for extra aids, and China renewing their acquiescence in return for securing more mineral rights and access to NK sea ports.

8 posted on 04/25/2010 4:45:41 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: Texas Fossil
Thanks for the link!

The new German, Chinese (and other) diesel electrics are pretty sophisticated, and can be even quieter than a nuke boat (no coolant pumps). They can't stay under as long, but they are still pretty capable.

9 posted on 04/25/2010 5:03:37 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Royal Wulff
When China takes Taiwan, I expect wholesale massacre of Taiwanese males. There are 30 million Chinese males with no hope of a female partner.

With one child per family, and a cultural bias against females, (and, unfortunately, infanticide), it is no wonder there is a serious disparity between the female and male populations there.

10 posted on 04/25/2010 5:06:17 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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