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South Korea says must check reasons for ship sinking

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak told an emergency government meeting on Saturday that all possibilities must be looked into for causing the sinking of one of its naval ships near a disputed border with North Korea.

But MBC television quoted defense ministry sources as saying it was unlikely the prickly North was involved in Friday night’s sinking. Though they were checking for a possible link, they were also investigating whether it was the result of an internal explosion.

“Every possibility should be considered in investigating the causes,” the presidential Blue House quoted Lee as saying. (Reporting by Cheon Jong-woo, writing by Jonathan Thatcher; Editing by Jon Herskovitz)