May 24th, 2010
08:16 AM ET
4 years ago

Clinton urges N. Korea to say what it knows about warship sinking

Sec. of State Hillary Clinton urged North Korea Monday to reveal information about the sinking of a South Korean warship.
Sec. of State Hillary Clinton urged North Korea Monday to reveal information about the sinking of a South Korean warship.

Beijing, China (CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged North Korea Monday to reveal what it knows about the "act of aggression" that sunk a South Korean warship.

She also said the United States' "support for South Korea's defense is unequivocal" and that North Korea should "stop its belligerence and threatening behavior."

South Korea has said a probe concluded the North fired a torpedo that sunk a South Korean military ship in March. The United States supports that finding, Clinton said while in China.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak announced Monday that his country was suspending trade with North Korea, closing its waters to the North's ships and adopting a newly-aggressive military posture toward its neighbor.

"We endorse President Lee's call on North Korea to come forward with the facts regarding this act of aggression and, above all, stop its belligerence and threatening behavior," Clinton said.

President Barack Obama has directed military commanders to work with South Korean troops "to ensure readiness and to deter future aggression" from North Korea.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Blutarski

    When will we learn to "beware of foreign entanglements". This is not the 1950's. The "threat" of communism spreading into our hemisphere has been proven tot be nothing more than paranoia. Leave the Koreas to solve their own problems. This posturing from the U.S. will lead to our involvement in another very messy, long, drawn out war. We will lose far too many of our brave soldiers in the defense of another's sovereignty. Enough. North Korea poses no significant threat to the U.S. This situation does not warrant our intervention. And by the way, why the hell are we STILL

    May 24, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. Blutarski

    in Iraq, another country which never posed a real threat to the United States.

    May 24, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This is a woman scorned with a taste for vengence and a will to be the world police .

    May 24, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. A Kickin' Donkey

    Our Virginia class attack submarines have been deployed to the area.

    There won't be any further torpedos fired at South Korean ships or the entire North Korean navy will be obliterated and South Korean's ships can then run roughshod over them.

    May 24, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Ken

    200 people to kiss butt in China? Or did Obama just want some pork fried rice? North Korea could care less what Hillary says.

    May 24, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would like to see any and all transportation in and out of North Korea searched for anything that could be used for weapon construction as well as counterfeit money. If we could stop any movement of illegal or baned material, then they might be willing to talk. China might not agree to that though.

    May 24, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. William A. Schaedler

    No one takes this woman seriously any longer.. She lost all of her credibility when she agreed to work for a weak hampered president who is absolutely clueless as to how things work in the world. What a sorrowful pity that a once great country has sunk to these depths.

    May 24, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |