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Seoul, JUL 12 (Agencies):
N Korea, UN officers to meet over ship sinking
Published on 12 Jul. 2010 11:15 PM IST
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North Korean and US-led United Nations Command officers overseeing the Korean War truce will meet on Tuesday in the first meeting involving Pyongyang to discuss the sinking of a South Korean warship, an official said.
A team of investigators blamed the North for launching a torpedo attack on the South Korean corvette Cheonan in March, killing 46 sailors. The UN. Security Council in a statement on Friday condemned the attack but did not explicitly blame the North.
North Korea denies it was involved in the sinking and has accused the South of masterminding a fabrication for political gain.
North Korea first rejected the call by the UN Command to meet and discuss any violation of the armistice ending the 1950-53 Korean War. It later changed its position and said it would accept such a meeting, after Seoul rejected its proposal to send a military team to inspect the sunken ship. The meeting will take place at the Panmunjom truce village that straddles the military border between the two Koreas at 9 pm ET, Monday, the U.N. Command said.

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