North Korea Refutes Lies About the Sinking of the "Cheonan"

November 12, 2010

(The following article is excerpted from the November 2 statement "'Cheonan' Case Termed Most Hideous Conspiratorial Farce in History" released by the Korean Central News Agency,

The inspection group of the National Defence Commission (NDC) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Tuesday released the following first installment of a statement disclosing the truth behind the "Cheonan case":

Seven months have passed since warship "Cheonan" of the south Korean puppet navy sank in the West Sea of Korea.

No sooner had the case occurred than the U.S. imperialists and the Lee Myung Bak group of traitors deliberately linked the case with the DPRK as if they had waited for it to happen, kicking up an unprecedented anti-DPRK confrontation racket.

The DPRK dismissed the groundless story about "the DPRK's involvement" in the "Cheonan" case as a sheer fabrication and a conspiratorial farce from the outset and declared internally and externally its will to probe the truth behind the case to the last.

The proposal for field investigation made by the inspection group of the NDC of the DPRK was prompted by this will.

Much upset by the disclosure of the inside story about the case, the U.S. imperialists and the Lee group of traitors hastily announced "the results of the investigation" conducted by "civilian-army joint investigation team," desperately opposing the field survey by the NDC inspection group.

As the "investigation results" were criticized for being full of suspicions, they made public a "final report", another fabrication, recently only to be censured and ridiculed by all people.

They have staged joint naval exercises reminiscent of "demonstration of armed forces" one after another in waters close to the DPRK while getting frantic with a racket for applying sanctions against it on the international arena.

It was the original plan of the DPRK side to make public the truth of the case in the most scientific and legitimate manner after the completion of the field survey by the NDC inspection group.

The U.S. imperialists and the group of traitors, however, not only objected the field survey but went the lengths of turning down even the proposal made by the DPRK out of magnanimity to jointly survey and estimate all material evidence which they claimed lifted from the waters where the ship sank after bringing them to Panmunjom.

Under this situation the DPRK side decided to disclose before the world what sheer fabrication and conspiratorial farce they orchestrated on the basis of information gathered so far. The following is the first installment of the statement:

1. Aluminum alloy fragments prove themselves that the torpedo was not from the north.

The U.S. imperialists and the "investigation team" of the Lee group of traitors claimed that the fragments of torpedo allegedly lifted from waters off Paekryong Islet where "Cheonan" sank were those of aluminum alloy.

They opened to the public that the aluminum alloy was material evidence proving that the "torpedo was from the north" and that the "north attacked the ship."...

The navy of the Korean People's Army has torpedoes like navies of other countries and we do not hide the fact that it possesses torpedoes with such tremendous striking power that the world can hardly imagine.

They are Juche-based torpedoes made of steel alloy material manufactured by workers of the DPRK, not aluminum alloy made in other countries...

The DPRK is still willing to directly hand the steel alloy sample of Juche-based torpedo to the U.S. imperialists and the group of traitors...

Here we would like to more glaringly lay bare the hypocrisy and the inside story about the anti-DPRK conspiratorial scenarios including several "investigation reports" which the U.S. and the south Korean puppet forces announced as regards the "Cheonan" case.

2. Propelling body is a sheer fabrication

The propelling body is one of the decisive evidence produced by the U.S. and the Lee Myung Bak group of traitors to prove the story that the "north was involved" in the "Cheonan" case.

The origin of this propelling body is doubtful, above all.

It is nonsensical for them to claim that a civilian fishing boat appeared all of a sudden and netted the propelling body which dozens of warships equipped with sophisticated detecting devices failed to find out in at least 50 days. The propelling body which was shown by TV was different from what the "investigation team" opened to the public later.

The propelling body, which was lifted by the fishing boat at that time, was reported to have been pasted with silver paper but there was no such thing on the 1.5 meter-long propelling body shown by the puppet group's "investigation team" on May 20.

This is not the only thing that aroused suspicion.

At the outset the "investigation team" said that HMX, RDX and TNT explosive ingredients were detected from the hull of the warship "Cheonan".

But there was information that no minute explosive ingredient was detected from the propelling body which they claimed was used for sinking the warship. It does not stand to reason that no gunpowder ingredient was detected from the torpedo which is to explode by power of gunpowder, ie from the propelling body of the torpedo which they claimed was used for breaking the 1 400 ton-class "Cheonan" into two.

Driven to a tight corner, the U.S. and the south Korean puppet group excused themselves that they could not detect the explosive ingredient as it was dissolved in seawater because the propelling body remained in the very salty seawater for many hours. But this excuse turned out to be absurd as they had already made public that gunpowder ingredient was detected from the warship hull which remained on the bottom of the same waters for the same length of time.

3. Torpedo design, mockery of world

It was disclosed that the torpedo design shown by the group of traitors in a bid to convince the public that the torpedo propelling body was "from the north" was full of suspicions. This is a great irony.

At that time, the puppet group, making public the "results of joint investigation," shamelessly displayed in the venue of the news conference torpedo design CHT-02D it claimed was made by the north in a bid to make plausible its assertion that the propelling body of the torpedo which attacked the warship was "made by the north." It insisted it was certain that the propelling body was made by the north as "Guaranteed by the DPRK" was written on the catalogue of the torpedo design.

However, the words written on the design were ascertained to be Japanese in fact...

4. Writing style of "No. 1", vivid manifestation of ignorance

The U.S. and the south Korean puppet forces cited the writing style of "No. 1" written on the propelling body as strong evidence.

Workers of the munitions industry of the DPRK do not use pens when writing any necessary figures in the process of manufacturing any accessory and equipment but carve them and in this case they use Korean word "Ho," not "Pon" (number). In a word, "No. 1" is not an ordinary writing style used in the DPRK...

5. "Story about column of water", false statement made under coercion

Right after the occurrence of the warship case experts expressed as they pleased assertions and views on the cause of the case, saying that "it was stranded", "it was destroyed for its aging", "it was sunk by mine explosion", "it was sunk by the explosion of its ammunition chamber", etc.

But the U.S. and the south Korean puppet group floated the "story about column of water" in bid to brush aside the above-said assertions and convince the public at any cost that "the warship was sunk by the north's torpedo attack".

If the warship was sunk by a torpedo attack, there would be naturally the rise of column of water.

Therefore, the "story about the column of water" drew attention of the public keen to clarify the cause of the case.

But the results of analysis of the testimonies made by crewmen of the warship and the soldiers who were on duty in the waters near the warship right after the occurrence of the case proved that there was no one who witnessed the column of the water. Then, unexpectedly, it was reported that a watchman on duty on Paekryong Islet said he saw the column of water. He was reported to have said that when looking at the waters at 270 azimuth angle about 4 km away from his position at a sound of bang, a white light flashed and disappeared.

But when comparing the location where he claimed saw the column of water with the position he was standing on duty, it was the place quite different from the scene of the incident and he witnessed nothing but "white light flash."

There was no one out of the 58 survivors of the incident who said he witnessed the column of water, light flash, flame and others that might happen at the time when the warship was attacked by a torpedo. The results of the examination of the dead by X-ray and other means showed that there was no trace of wounds caused by splinters or burns, except bone fracture, lacerated wound, etc...

6. "Course of channel style infiltration", assertion of the blind

The U.S. and the south Korean puppet group invented the story about "the course of channel style infiltration" by the north's submarine into the said waters in a bid to prove that "Cheonan" was sunk by a torpedo attack of the DPRK.

Right after the occurrence of the incident the U.S. and the south Korean puppet military authorities asserted that there was no mysterious movement of the Korean People's Army before and after the outbreak of the incident.

Later they published what they called "results of investigation" in which they claimed some mini-submarines and a mother-ship of the KPA navy supporting them were confirmed to have left its certain base in the West Sea of Korea 2~3 days before the occurrence of the incident and returned 2~3 days later.

What matters is that there was neither a single mini-sub in that base touted by the puppet group nor any shadow of something similar to it.

The puppet group insisted that the submarine sailed towards the international waters in the west after loading torpedo at the said base and veered to the south before sailing to the east to infiltrate in channel style close to waters off Paekryong Islet.

There should be a limit to cooking up a lie.

When the public demanded correct data proving the story spread by the puppet group, it categorically objected to it at the outset, asserting that it could not confirm it for fear of the exposure of the level of army intelligence gathering over the information about the movement of the DPRK's submarines. But unable to turn down the public demand any longer, it uttered it could not show the image as its quality was poor because of bad weather.

In other words, the puppet group admitted itself that it failed to monitor any movement due to poor quality of image.

The puppet group boasted that it discerns submarines on the basis of the observation data obtained by the south Korea-U.S. joint intelligence gathering machine and the credibility of the round-the-clock observation of the respective area by the U.S. ultra-modern intelligence satellite is very high as it is based on the precision image data with resolution less than one meter. It is sheer abstraction for the puppet group to talk about "the course of channel style infiltration," while asserting that it could not produce correct observation results because of "poor image quality" before 1~2 days before and after the outbreak of the incident.

The observation was not be affected by weather for some days before and after the occurrence of the case. Its assertion about impossible observation only goes to prove that its story about the infiltration of the DPRK submarine was no more than a farce of its own making to bury it in a "black box".

8. Port screw and fluorescent lamps in good shape

The puppet group staged such a farce as inviting people from all walks of life to look round the warship in the puppet Navy's 2nd Fleet base in a bid to link the warship case with the DPRK. But this added to its worry.

Those who went round the lifted warship cast more doubts about the case than understanding the explanation given by the puppet group. This is because there took place non-contact underwater explosion in the port of the warship but the port screw remained in good shape but the starboard screw was seriously deformed and fluorescent lamps in the part of the hull broken into two pieces are left as they were.

The witnesses ridiculed that they have never seen the torpedo with super-precision striking power capable of breaking only the warship into two pieces, leaving the fluorescent lamps very close to the part where explosion took place as they are, asserting that these fluorescent lamps should be licensed as "magic fluorescent lamps" and "bullet-proof fluorescent lamps" which stood the torpedo explosion...

9. Evidence proving warship's stranding

The biggest controversy this time was whether the warship was sunk by a torpedo attack or due to stranding.

The puppet group opened to the media the bow and stern of the warship to which they had been barred from getting access to convince them that the warship was sunk by a torpedo attack.

As regards this issue, experts asserted that all information about the "Cheonan" case clearly proved that it was stranded, adding that the "joint investigation team" committed a serious mistake when analyzing the cause of the incident.

First of all, the waters where the bow of the warship was found is the waters between Paekryong Islet and Taechong Islet which abound in rocks.

The torn part outside the port security guard of the stern, the bending of the left side of the security guard and the seriously scratched part along the framework of the hull and the security guard can be usually found when the hull is hit by a rock or sand ground...

Had the torpedo exploded near "Cheonan" as claimed by the "investigation team", a lot of fragments might have been embedded in the warship body. But there was no fragment on the warship and there was no one among the seamen aboard the warship who got his eardrum ruptured and his joints hurt, etc. and no dead fish could be seen on the surface of water. The results of the analysis of "TOD" image made public by the puppet Ministry of Defense and the coordinates set by the "investigation team", the coordinates of automate tactical command system of the puppet navy, etc. showed that the warship "Cheonan" continued to sail northwest even after the time the warship was sunken announced by the "investigation team." This denies the story that "the warship was sunk by a torpedo attack". Survivors testified to the fact that they felt the warship hit something with the sounds of "bang" and "boom" before rising and smelt burning oil. This fact went to prove the warship's stranding...

13. "Final report" reduced to false indictment

When the "mid-term report" published by the U.S. and the south Korean puppet group on May 20 was snubbed and rebuffed by the public opinion inside and outside Korea, they presented the "final report" on September 13 after the lapse of more than one hundred days, talking about the removal of all suspicions which have been raised so far.

The "final report", however, touched off stronger suspicion, only proving that the group of traitors made an empty talk when it promised to clear off the suspicion.

The puppet group just confined itself to such work as recording the course and contents of investigation and the analysis data including the investigation activities carried out according to schedule unlike at a time when it issued the primary presentation of the case with main emphasis on the analysis of the cause of the sinking of warship "Cheonan", and even deleted the part that aroused strong suspicion pending solution.

The puppet group again presented the torpedo propelling body, which was lifted from the waters where the warship sank, as material evidence proving the "story about the attack of 'Cheonan' by the north's torpedo", a story that sparked off the strongest suspicion. But it failed to present the direct evidence proving that the propelling body is "from the north" and, as for character "No.1," "design of torpedo", etc. it only repeated previous assertions.

The south Korean media, deploring who would believe the unsubstantial "final report" full of "indirect evidence", said that it is quite natural that more than 70 percent of the south Korean people assert that the "authorities are deliberately distorting the truth to seek the political purpose or evade responsibility" and the remaining people are not believing or doubtful about it as the investigation conducted for many days after inviting so many experts only increased and reproduced the skepticism about the cause of the sinking of warship, far from presenting perfect evidence.

In fact, people of various strata of south Korea including political, public and scientific circles are holding urgent seminars, expressing their will to probe the case to the last.

It is by no means fortuitous that the Russian investigation group, the only group which investigated the case on the spot, said as regards the sinking of warship that "it could not find anything that could be possibly judged to have been caused by torpedo attack of the north", the Sweden investigation group which participated in the joint investigation officially held off its stand that "it was the deed of the mini-submarine of the north" and different countries of the world demanded the reinvestigation of the case, becoming skeptical about the "results of investigation".

Mass media of Russia, Germany, China, the U.S. and other countries dismissed the "final report on warship 'Cheonan'" announced by the south Korean authorities as a false document full of sheer fabrication.

Much upset by the shower of criticism and denunciation, the tricksters let loose a spate of groundless outbursts, advising those who were strongly suspicious of the case to "look at cartoon as regards the suspicion and the points of contention to get understanding".

Talking about the "limitation of detectability" in the present era in which detection is made down to the level of nanogram is little short of self-admitting that falsity can never prevail over truth. And the use of cartoon to give the scientific and technological solution goes to prove the mean level of the artifice employed by the tricksters.

The Lee Myung Bak group of traitors fabricated the case of "Cheonan" while sacrificing a great many soldiers to escalate the confrontation racket. It only glaringly disclosed its heinous nature as the group of traitors unprecedented in the nation's history, the vicious confrontation-minded elements and the despicable sycophantic traitors serving the U.S.

The United States egged its trivial stooges on to fabricate the conspiratorial case against the DPRK, self-proving before the world that it is matchless "producer" in this field and committing another fraud-packed case to meet its strategic interests in the Far Eastern region, the Northeast Asian region.