South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Vows Investigation into Sinking of Warship

An emotional President Lee Myung-bak vowed Monday to find out why a South Korean naval ship sank and to "deal resolutely" with whatever or whomever caused the sinking, the country's Yonhap news agency reported.

In a live broadcast, Lee read aloud the names of the 46 South Korean sailors lost in the March 26 sinking of the corvette Cheonan, which went down in the Yellow Sea near the North Korean border after an explosion hit the ship.

An emotional President Lee Myung-bak vowed Monday that South Korea would respond "resolutely and unwaveringly" against those behind the deadly sinking of a naval ship near the tense maritime border with North Korea.

Seoul has not openly blamed Pyongyang for the March 26 explosion that broke the 1,200-ton Cheonan in two during a routine patrol, killing at least 38 of the 104 sailors on board.