The Blue House ordered the country’s military to maintain their readiness, waiting to see what the North might do. “Neither the government nor the Defence Ministry has ever said there was no possibility of North Korea's involvement,” Defence Minister Kim Tae-young said.
On Monday, families of the missing sailors arrived at the wreck site. Many of them accuse the Navy of not keeping the ship well maintained. Others accuse the government of deliberating lying, withholding the truth about the death of their loved ones.
US officials in South Korea de facto ruled out a North Korean involvement. They said that US forces were monitoring North Korean naval movements but had nothing unusual to report.
North Korea instead warned the United States and South Korea of “unpredictable incidents” if tourists were allowed to visit the DMZ, the demilitarised zone that separates the two Koreas along the 38th parallel.