South Korea Will Blame North for Torpedo Attack
International investigators fault Pyongyang for strike
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2010 3:28 PM CDT
A family member of a deceased sailor from the South Korean naval ship Cheonan touches her loved one's portrait during a funeral service.   (AP Photo/Korea Pool, File)
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(Newser) – South Korea is going to officially blame North Korea tomorrow for killing 46 sailors in a torpedo attack, reports the Washington Post. The decision is based on the conclusions of international investigators, who reconstructed parts of the ship and said the torpedo used matches a North Korean weapon recovered earlier. The investigation's results have not yet been made public.

Seoul must perform a delicate balancing act in responding to the North's provocation—it desires justice, but can't upset the fragile peace that exists between the two nations. South Korea will likely ask the UN to tighten sanctions against Pyongyang. President Lee Myung-bak's government also is expected to ask the US to delay plans to transfer control of the 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea.