Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced serious concern over the results of the investigation into the sinking of a navy ship off the coast of the Republic of Korea, alleged by the country to have been carried out by its northern neighbour, the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea (DRPK).
A report issued by the Republic of Korea in its capital, Seoul, on Thursday morning reportedly found that the Cheonan was hit by a DRPK torpedo in late March.
The explosion killed 46 Republic of Korea sailors.
The facts laid out in the report are deeply troubling, " Mr. Ban`s spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the Secretary-General, a national of the Republic of Korea, learned of the findings with a heavy heart. "
Mr. Ban voiced his appreciation for the Republic of Korea`s Government for its restrained and patient efforts " to look into the Cheonan incident in an objective and scientific manner by both domestic and international experts. "
He reiterated his deep sadness over the loss of the sailors` lives, extending his sympathy to their families as well as to the people and Government of the Republic of Korea.