A South Korean navy/coast guard ship has sunk in an area that both Koreas have been fighting over for the past sixty years. Nobody’s ruled out a North Korean torpedo attack yet:
The ship, on a routine patrolling mission with 104 crew members on board, began sinking off the coast of South Korean-controlled Baengnyeong Island close to North Korea around 9:45 p.m. (1245 GMT, 9:45 a.m. EDT), an official at the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with department policy.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported an explosion in the rear of the 1,200-ton ship and said the military had not ruled out the possibility of an attack by North Korea. However, the military official said the exact cause was not immediately clear and said he could not confirm the Yonhap report.
As this is written, only half the crew is accounted for.
Rumors that the Obama Administration is planning to respond by apologozing for the arrogant landings at Inchon are strictly unconfirmed.