North Korea accuses South of framing it in ship sinking

April 17, 2010 12:27

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea accused South Korea on Saturday of spreading false rumors that the communist North was to blame for the mysterious explosion that sank a southern warship near the tense sea border.

North Korean officials have denied involvement in the blast that broke the 1,200-ton Cheonan into two pieces March 26 during a routine patrol near sea border, killing at least 38.

South Korean officials have not openly blamed the North for one of its worst naval disasters, but an investigator said Friday the explosion was most likely external. Officials have not ruled out a North Korean floating mine or torpedo in the disputed border waters where three past inter-Korean naval battles have been fought.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency on Saturday carried a commentary by an unidentified North Korean military commentator saying Seoul is spreading rumors.

"The military warmongers are getting more undisguised in their moves to link the accident with the North, though it was caused by their fault," said the commentator.

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