ICC declines to open N.Korea war crimes probe: prosecutor
Published on Jun 23, 2014 11:04 PM
THE HAGUE (AFP) - The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor on Monday said there was "no reasonable basis" for an investigation into whether Pyongyang should face war crimes charges for attacks on South Korea.
Fatou Bensouda "concluded that there is no reasonable basis to initiate an investigation" into two deadly incidents in 2010: an artillery attack on Yeonpyeong island and the sinking of South Korea's Cheonan warship.
The Hague-based ICC, set up to prosecute the world's worst crimes, launched an initial probe in 2010 after then-prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo received "communications" about the two incidents.
On March 23, 2010, the South Korean corvette Cheonan sank in disputed waters of the Yellow Sea, with the loss of 46 sailors' lives.
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