NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security (NGOCDPS) and Peace Boat US
cordially invite UN member states and the public to a forum:
“Two Koreas and the Sinking of the Cheonan Warship”
Thursday, 30 September 2010 * 1:00–3:00p.m.
2nd Floor Conference Room @ UN Church Center, 777 UN Plaza
[East 44th Street at First Avenue]
The Republic of Korea's (ROK) Navy corvette, the Cheonan, sank on March 26, 2010 in the Yellow Sea near the sea border with North Korea. After almost two months of investigation, the ROK-appointed Joint Investigation Group (JIG) concluded that the Cheonan had been destroyed by a North Korean torpedo. This allegation instantly induced a strong public debate and escalated tensions in Northeast Asia.
Through a close examination of the JIG's evidence, however, two experts show that its conclusion is scientifically untenable and that the integrity of some of its scientific data has been compromised. In this talk, they will present the scientific analysis challenging the JIG's report and further discuss constructive ways to overcome instabilities in Northeast Asia.
• Dr. J.J. Suh
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University
"Questioning the Cheonan Report: What do we know about the incident and what do we not?"
• Dr. S.H. Lee
Department of Physics, University of Virginia
“Did a North Korean torpedo sink the Cheonan Ship?”
• Akira Kawasaki, Peace Boat Executive Committee member
Saturday, September 25, 2010
NGOCDPS and Peace Boat US: “Two Koreas & the sinking of the Cheonan warship" - Sept. 30, UN Church Center, NYC
From Narae Lee at Peace Boat US: "South Korean government allegations that a North Korean torpedo attacked the warship provoked tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, providing an excuse to convince Japan to keep the US military presence in Okinawa. However, two scholars have disputed the evidence that the ROK government has used for the allegation and the recent poll showed that 63% of S.Koreans do not trust the government's report."