House Armed Services Chairman Skelton on the Sinking of the Republic of Korea Navy Ship

Washington, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) released the following statement on the report investigating the sinking of the Republic of Korea Navy Ship, the Cheonan:

“I am deeply troubled by the report issued today by a team of international investigators that points to the conclusion that North Korea was responsible for a torpedo attack against the Republic of Korea Navy Ship, the Cheonan, on March 26th.  The loss of 46 Korean sailors on that ship was a tragedy and I strongly condemn any act of aggression by North Korea that led to their deaths.

“Today’s report suggests that North Korea has once again defied international law and undermined international peace and security, in direct violation of the Armistice Agreement.  Such behavior is unacceptable.

“I am pleased that the Obama Administration is making efforts to fully support the Republic of Korea, both in securing justice for the 46 sailors killed in this attack and in its defense against further acts of aggression.  And I encourage the Administration to continue working closely with the Republic of Korea and our other allies and partners to ensure peace and stability in the region.”