WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- A new investigation into the sinking of a South Korean warship -- blamed on North Korea -- is not warranted, a U.S. official said.
U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley, responding to North Korea's request at the U.N. Security Council for a joint investigation by both Koreas into the ship-sinking, rejected the suggestion.
The ship Cheonan went down in the Yellow Sea March 26 and 46 sailors died. An international team of investigators later determined the ship was destroyed by a North Korean torpedo.
South Korea brought the issue to the U.N. Security Council for punitive action against North Korea, which has denied the findings.
Crowley told reporters the United States stands by South Korea in that there has already been a "thorough investigation" and the evidence assembled "points clearly to North Korea and a North Korean torpedo," and therefore "we don't think at this point that another investigation is warranted."
"We think the result is clear and compelling … So, at this point, we think it's more important for North Korea to be accountable and to cease its provocative behavior and seek better relations with its neighbors."