That is, did North Korea fire on this boat or perhaps sink it with a mine? Was it an accident on the part of the ROK Navy? Fortunately, no one seems to be flying off the handle, so we can take the time to see what the evidence points to. I don't even want to speculate, then, about how Seoul should react if it turns out that the North was responsible for this. Let's just wait and see.
- Forty-six South Korean seamen still missing in Yellow Sea waters off Paengnyŏngdo near North Korea after ROK Navy ship sinks following explosion (The Times, BBC, LAT, WaPo, Reuters via NYT, AP via LAT, Bloomberg, Yonhap, Korea Times, Korea Herald, Joongang Daily, Chosun Ilbo)
- Fifty-eight sailors rescued as South Korea continues its search (BBC, WSJ, Yonhap)
- Global stocks briefly dip on news of sinking (Reuters via WaPo)
- ROK Defense Ministry downplays DPRK link, saying unidentified object the vehicle had fired at could have been flock of birds (Reuters via WaPo, MSNBC)
- US State Department has no evidence of North Korean involvement (Yonhap)
- President Lee calls for quick investigation (Yonhap)
- Political parties urge thorough probe of incident (Yonhap)