Skip to comments.South Korea Confirms That A Direct Heavy Torpedo Sank The Cheonan, Won't Accuse North Korea
Posted on 05/01/2010 7:16:49 AM PDT by blam
South Korea Confirms That A Direct Heavy Torpedo Sank The Cheonan, But Still Won't Accuse North Korea
May. 1, 2010, 8:57 AM
South Korea's own CSI team has figured out the exact cause of the Cheonan shipwreck, except for one key detail.
Here's what they know so far, according to Chosun Ilbo:
A team of scientists believes that the Navy corvette Cheonan sank after being hit by a heavy 206 kg torpedo that ran at a speed of 65 km/h.... exploded underwater 2.3 m from the ship with power equivalent to 206 kg of TNT... a series of internal explosions occurred in the stern for about 80 seconds... the ship was probably hit by a Chinese-made 206 kg-class Yu-3 heavy torpedo.
What they don't know can't prove is that North Korea fired the torpedo.
Let's consider who could have fired the torpedo. China could be blowing up foreign ships to prove its dominance in the region. A Soviet submarine that never came home could be on the rampage. Al Qaeda might have their own submarine. Or it could be the militaristic rogue state next door that has a long history of nearly provoking war.
The only real question is whether this was a stupid, irrational move by Kim Jong-il or part of a larger plan to force economic concessions.
Your move, Myung-bak Lee.
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If either of these things are the issue, a counter strike that resulted in war would assume our assistance. I'm not sure we have the military capacity to engage in this. A nuke war might result if conventional forces are not adequate.
And China in that event?
Yu-3 Anti-Submarine Torpedo
They must have calculated from the damage the required explosive and backed into which torpedo
This does not look like it would launch form a "small" sub.
The Yu-3 is an acoustic-homing, submarine-launched, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) torpedo designed by Xian Precision Machinery Institute (705 Institute, a subordinate of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation). Initially developed for China’s nuclear submarine programme, it is Chinas first indigenous anti-submarine torpedo and entered service with the PLA navy in the mid-1980s. An improved variant known as Yu-3II (also known as Zhonhuaxun-II or ET-32 in its export names) was introduced in the 1990s.
I’m pretty sure we have the military capacity. But SK has to know that we very likely do not have the political capacity.
It means that they have an entire city worth of people living in harms way of a enormous number of mortars and artillery.
It means that they suspect that the attacker is already on a war footing and that they are clearly not. So any war that they provoke right now would result in heavy initial losses.
once they make the accusation, they are obligated to declare war.
they had better be sure of their allies positions (big 0) before they trigger something.
especially if the twerps might just have a nuke.
He left out Iran.
Iran is begging for war and if America is distracted in Korea, it is to their benefit
Being one of Iran’s largest defense expenditures, the Nahang submarine is Iran’s second attempt at designing and manufacturing submarines. In service since March 2006, the Nahang 1 is fully compatible to conditions in the Persian Gulf.
Who the hell is their President these days-it it BO’s half-brother Chung Lee Hussein-Soetero-Kim?
Looks like democracies are going down the drain again, if we’re afraid to point the finger at North Korea. So what stupid thing will the North Koreans do next?
Actually the torpedo was launch by the flock of birds they were shooting at.
Interesting (and odd) they have so specifically identified the weapon. Was the SK navy running a live fire exercise at the time of the sinking? IOW, did they accidentally sink their own ship and are now looking for a way to cover that up?
That’s why they call them world wars.
I sure if South Korea just keeps quite, assigns no blame and does nothing that North Korea will see the error of its ways and be good from here on out. Right?
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