... The diplomat blamed South Korea and the United States for aggravating the situation over the sinking of Seoul’s warship.
Those two countries, he charged, were seeking further sanctions against the isolated government in Pyongyang and 'fabricated' the naval incident for that purpose.
The Cheonan corvette was sunk on March 26 near the border between the Koreas. South Korea and an international team of investigators blamed North Korea for sinking the ship with a submarine-fired torpedo, killing 46 sailors..."
Major Intrigue In North Korea, As Key Leader Is Found Dead Before Possible Power Handoff: "A behind-the-scenes powerlord in North Korea was found dead Wednesday night in an apparent car crash.
The death of 80-year-old Ri Je-gang sets off major alarms after the recent ouster of many senior North Korean officials. Chosun Ilbo suggests these are signs of a major power struggle...
... A North Korean source said, 'In the 1970s, Kim Chang-bong, the then minister of national defense, died in a car accident after he opposed Kim Jong-il's succession to power. We suspect that Ri's death was also related to an internal power struggle, although there is no evidence yet to support the speculation'..."