June 5, 2010

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The United States said on Saturday it was weighing new options beyond the United Nations to punish North Korea, which South Korea blames for the sinking of a warship that has escalated tensions on the peninsula.

Seoul has complained to the U.N. Security Council over the sinking of the corvette Cheonan in March, which killed 46 sailors. South Korea and its main ally, the United States, accuse the reclusive North of torpedoing the ship, although it is unclear what concrete action, if any, the U.N. will take.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a security conference in Singapore it was the “collective responsibility” of Asian states to address North Korean “provocations,” increasing pressure on a reluctant China to rebuke its ally.

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