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Chronology of events related to sinking of S. Korean warship

All Headlines 00:07 July 10, 2010

SEOUL, July 10 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council adopted a presidential statement Friday on the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan. The following is a chronology of key events related to the Cheonan's sinking.

March 26 -- The Cheonan, a 1,200-ton patrol ship, sinks in waters about 2.5 kilometers southwest of Baengnyeong Island, South Korea's northernmost island. Fifty-eight of the 104 crew members are rescued, and 46 others go missing.

March 30 -- A senior navy diver dies during underwater search operations.

April 2 -- A fishing boat sinks while returning from assisting naval search operations. Nine crew members, including two Indonesians, are killed.

April 3 -- Divers find the first body of a navy sailor trapped inside the Cheonan's submerged wreckage.

April 7 -- Surviving sailors hold press conference.

April 15 -- The Cheonan's stern is salvaged. Thirty-six bodies are found inside the wreckage.

April 16 -- The investigation team says an "external explosion" caused the sinking.

April 17 -- North Korea denies any involvement.

April 19 -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak vows to deal sternly with whoever is responsible for the sinking.

April 24 -- The Cheonan's bow is salvaged.

April 25 -- The investigation team cites an underwater "non-contact" explosion as the cause.

May 4 -- President Lee presides over a meeting of top military generals.

May 10 -- The South Korean defense minister confirms that traces of an explosive substance were found in the Cheonan's wreckage.

May 20 -- The joint investigation team announces its conclusion that North Korea sank the Cheonan with a heavy torpedo.

May 24 -- President Lee pledges a stern response to North Korea.

June 4 -- South Korea refers the sinking to the U.N. Security Council.

June 9 -- The Board of Audit and Inspection asks the defense ministry to censure 25 military officers and ministry officials over the sinking.

June 14 -- The U.N. Security Council begins unofficial consultations on the case.

June 15 -- South Korea briefs U.N. Security Council members on the investigation results. North Korea also holds a briefing at the Council to deny responsibility.

June 27 -- The Group of Eight industrialized nations issues a statement condemning the attack.

July 9 -- The U.N. Security Council adopts a presidential statement.

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