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28 May, 2010 02:37

UN talks on Koreas promising but fruitless so far

North Korea is threatening military action against South Korean ships on naval drills if they cross into its waters. Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council has also been discussing the situation with the Koreas.

At the moment it's too early to tell if the UN can prevent anything, but they keep the discussions open and are trying their very best to avoid any kind of potentially catastrophic military conflict some believe could take place between Pyongyang and Seoul.

This gives the opportunity to any members of the Security Council to raise the issue of the independent investigation that found North Korea responsible.

The dialogue is likely to continue next week with South Korea planning to take this matter to the UN Security Council.

These are the latest incident in an escalating crisis, sparked after international investigators concluded the North sank one of the South's warships in March, killing 46 crew.

Pyongyang furiously denies it's to blame.

Moscow has now sent a team of specialists to Korea to give Russia its own assessment of the sinking and subsequent investigation.

Aleksandr Zhebin, director of the Center of Korean Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, says Russia and other countries are entitled to question the findings of the international investigation.

“The world community and of course the Security Council will not be satisfied with the findings of the investigation group, which was formed by South Korea, with the participation of the US, UK, Australia and Sweden. If you look at the composition of this group, all of the representatives are from countries that are political and military allies of the US,” Zhebin told RT.