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2010.05.25 (09:54:42)
천안함 침몰 사고, 공격에 대한 규탄과 한국정부에 대한 지지를 표하는 성명입니다.

우선 대통령의 성명이 아니라 비서관의 성명이라는 점이 눈에 띄구요, 그 내용에서도 북한의 공격(attack)이라는 단정보다, 북한의 침략(aggression)에 의해 초래된 사고라는 뉴앙스가 엿보입니다....

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 24, 2010
Statement by the Press Secretary on the Republic of Korea

President Obama fully supports President Lee in his handling of the ROKS Cheonan incident and the objective investigation that followed.  The measures that the government of the Republic of Korea announced today are called for and entirely appropriate.  The Republic of Korea can continue to count on the full support of the United States, as President Obama has made clear.

Specifically, we endorse President Lee’s demand that North Korea immediately apologize and punish those responsible for the attack, and, most importantly, stop its belligerent and threatening behavior.  U.S. support for South Korea’s defense is unequivocal, and the President has directed his military commanders to coordinate closely with their Republic of Korea counterparts to ensure readiness and to deter future aggression.  We will build on an already strong foundation of excellent cooperation between our militaries and explore further enhancements to our joint posture on the Peninsula as part of our ongoing dialogue.

As President Lee stated in his address earlier today, the Republic of Korea intends to bring this issue to the United Nations Security Council.  We support this move.  Secretary Clinton and Ambassador Rice are each consulting very closely with their Korean counterparts, as well as with Japan, China, and other UN Security Council member states in order to reach agreement on the steps in the Council.

In response to the pattern of North Korean provocation and defiance of international law, the President has directed U.S. government agencies to review their existing authorities and policies related to the DPRK.  This review is aimed at ensuring that we have adequate measures in place and to identify areas where adjustments would be appropriate.

The U.S. will continue to work with the Republic of Korea and other allies and partners to reduce the threat that North Korea poses to regional stability.  Secretary Clinton is currently in Beijing and she will travel to Seoul for discussions with President Lee and his senior advisors on May 26 before reporting back to the President on her consultations in the region.  Secretary Gates is in close contact with ROK Defense Minister Kim and will meet with him and other counterparts at the June 4-6 Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.  President Obama and President Lee agreed to meet in Canada at the time of the G-20 Summit.  


The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 19, 2010
Statement by the Press Secretary on the Republic of Korea Navy ship the Cheonan

The President has expressed his deep sympathy to President Lee and the Korean people for the loss of 46 sailors on the Republic of Korea Navy ship Cheonan that was sunk on March 26 by a torpedo.  The United States strongly condemns the act of aggression that led to their deaths.

The report issued today by the team of international investigators reflects an objective and scientific review of the evidence.  It points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that North Korea was responsible for this attack.  This act of aggression is one more instance of North Korea’s unacceptable behavior and defiance of international law.  This attack constitutes a challenge to international peace and security and is a violation of the Armistice Agreement.  

The President spoke with President Lee on May 17 and made clear that the United States fully supports the Republic of Korea, both in the effort to secure justice for the 46 service members killed in this attack and in its defense against further acts of aggression.

North Korea must understand that belligerence towards its neighbors and defiance of the international community are signs of weakness, not strength.  Such unacceptable behavior only deepens North Korea’s isolation.  It reinforces the resolve of its neighbors to intensify their cooperation to safeguard peace and stability in the region against all provocations.
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