N.Korea 'shouldn't go unpunished' over sinking: France

24th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

France will work at the UN Security Council to ensure that North Korea "doesn't go unpunished" for the sinking of a South Korean warship, the foreign ministry said Monday.

Characterising it as "criminal aggression", France "condemns in the strongest possible terms" the March sinking of the Cheonan, a 1,200-tonne corvette, foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.

"France calls on North Korea to act responsibly, refrain from any further violent action" and begin to abide by international laws," he added.

A multinational investigation team last Thursday reported finding "overwhelming evidence" that a North Korean submarine fired a heavy torpedo which sank the Cheonan near their disputed maritime border.

North Korea called the report "sheer fabrication" and threatened "all-out war" in response to any attempt to punish it.

© 2010 AFP

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