ROKS Cheonan sinking

  • roks cheonan sinking
    part of the korean conflict
    roks cheonan salvaged debris.png
    four photos show damage to roks cheonan — clockwise from upper left: (1) a damaged stack; (2) front portion (port side) showing the break point; (3) a large fragment is lifted from the sea; (4) water pressure marks on the hull bottom.
    date26 march 2010
    location
    near baengnyeong island, yellow sea
    result

    sinking of roks cheonan under disputed circumstances

    • south korean-led investigation concluded that cheonan was sunk by north korean midget submarine
    • north korea denies involvement
    belligerents

     south korea

    • rok navy

     north korea (presumed)

    • korean people's navy (presumed)
    commanders and leaders
    commander choi won-il unknown (presumed)
    strength
    1 pohang-class corvette 1 yono-class submarine[1]
    casualties and losses
    46 killed
    56 wounded
    roks cheonan sunk
    none
    roks cheonan sinking
    date26 march 2010
    time21:22 korea standard time
    participants republic of korea navy (rok)
    korean people's navy (dprk)
    property damage1 rokn corvette sunk, 46 personnel killed, 56 personnel wounded
    inquiriesinternational investigation convened by rok government, russian navy investigation
    chargesrok-convened (jig) investigation concludes that dprk sank the corvette using a midget submarine-launched torpedo.
    investigation results are disputed.
    north korea denies involvement.
    roks cheonan sinking
    hangul
    천안피격사건
    hanja
    天安被擊事件
    revised romanizationcheonanham pigyeok sageon
    mccune–reischauerch'ŏnanham pigyŏk sagŏn

    the roks cheonan sinking occurred on 26 march 2010, when cheonan, a pohang-class corvette of the republic of korea navy, carrying 104 personnel, sank off the country's west coast near baengnyeong island in the yellow sea, killing 46 seamen. the cause of the sinking remains in dispute, although evidence points to north korea.

    a south korean-led official investigation carried out by a team of international experts from south korea, the united states, the united kingdom, canada, australia, and sweden[2][3] presented a summary of its investigation on 20 may 2010, concluding that the warship had been sunk by a north korean torpedo[4][5] fired by a midget submarine.[6] the conclusions of the report resulted in significant controversy within south korea. following the sinking, south korea imposed sanctions against north korea, known as the may 24 measures.

    north korea denied that it was responsible for the sinking.[7] north korea's further offer to aid an open investigation was disregarded.[8] china dismissed the official scenario presented by south korea and the united states as not credible.[9] an investigation by the russian navy also did not concur with the report.[10] the united nations security council made a presidential statement condemning the attack but without identifying the attacker.[11]

  • background
  • sinking of cheonan
  • rescue efforts
  • recovery
  • cause of sinking
  • reaction
  • later reports
  • see also
  • references
  • further reading
  • external links

ROKS Cheonan sinking
Part of the Korean conflict
ROKS Cheonan salvaged debris.png
Four photos show damage to ROKS Cheonan — clockwise from upper left: (1) a damaged stack; (2) front portion (port side) showing the break point; (3) a large fragment is lifted from the sea; (4) water pressure marks on the hull bottom.
Date26 March 2010
Location
Result

Sinking of ROKS Cheonan under disputed circumstances

  • South Korean-led investigation concluded that Cheonan was sunk by North Korean midget submarine
  • North Korea denies involvement
Belligerents

 South Korea

 North Korea (presumed)

Commanders and leaders
Commander Choi Won-il Unknown (presumed)
Strength
1 Pohang-class corvette 1 Yono-class submarine[1]
Casualties and losses
46 killed
56 wounded
ROKS Cheonan sunk
none
ROKS Cheonan sinking
Date26 March 2010
Time21:22 Korea Standard Time
Participants Republic of Korea Navy (ROK)
Korean People's Navy (DPRK)
Property damage1 ROKN corvette sunk, 46 personnel killed, 56 personnel wounded
InquiriesInternational investigation convened by ROK government, Russian Navy investigation
ChargesROK-convened (JIG) investigation concludes that DPRK sank the corvette using a midget submarine-launched torpedo.
Investigation results are disputed.
North Korea denies involvement.
ROKS Cheonan sinking
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationCheonanham Pigyeok Sageon
McCune–ReischauerCh'ŏnanham Pigyŏk Sagŏn

The ROKS Cheonan sinking occurred on 26 March 2010, when Cheonan, a Pohang-class corvette of the Republic of Korea Navy, carrying 104 personnel, sank off the country's west coast near Baengnyeong Island in the Yellow Sea, killing 46 seamen. The cause of the sinking remains in dispute, although evidence points to North Korea.

A South Korean-led official investigation carried out by a team of international experts from South Korea, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Sweden[2][3] presented a summary of its investigation on 20 May 2010, concluding that the warship had been sunk by a North Korean torpedo[4][5] fired by a midget submarine.[6] The conclusions of the report resulted in significant controversy within South Korea. Following the sinking, South Korea imposed sanctions against North Korea, known as the May 24 measures.

North Korea denied that it was responsible for the sinking.[7] North Korea's further offer to aid an open investigation was disregarded.[8] China dismissed the official scenario presented by South Korea and the United States as not credible.[9] An investigation by the Russian Navy also did not concur with the report.[10] The United Nations Security Council made a Presidential Statement condemning the attack but without identifying the attacker.[11]