There was similar haggling earlier in the week during the ASEAN’s foreign ministers meeting, which concluded with a watered-down version of what South Korea wanted. The ministers’ statement “deplored” the ship sinking but characterized it as an “incident” instead of an “attack.”
Associated Press writers Margie Mason in Hanoi, Kwang-tae Kim in Seoul and Joe Cochrane in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to this report.
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