S Korea Ship Sinking Shows Rising Tensions: Ex-U.S. Official

Friday, May 21, 2010

TOKYO (Nikkei)--Evans Revere, former U.S. principal deputy assistant secretary of state, expressed concern Friday that the sinking of a South Korean patrol vessel widely blamed on North Korea has further destabilized the situation on and around the Korean Peninsula.

Until recently, the U.S. was focused on halting Pyongyang's nuclear arms program through the six-party framework, but the recent incident has shown the threat posed by the North is not limited to its nuclear ambitions, Revere said.

Under these circumstances, he said, it will become more important to take steps aimed at restoring stability to the Korean Peninsula as soon as possible.

Revere made the remarks during a panel discussion at the Future of Asia forum sponsored by Nikkei Inc. through Friday.

Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.