(chôn`än`), city (1995 pop. 330,509), South Chungcheong prov., W South Korea. It is a railroad hub and a mining and agricultural center. Nearby are the Seongbul and Hyeonchung temples, as well as many hot springs.
The Cheonan incident--the sinking of a South Korean naval ship on March 26, 2010, resulting in the death of forty-six sailors--was not only a military affair but also a barometer of the current status and future prospects of Korea's democracy.
The meeting was aimed at easing tensions heightened by the sinking of a South Korean frigrate near the nations' disputed sea border in March, but the talks broke down after about two hours over the fate of the Cheonan.
Beijing, Oct 1(ANI): The first military talks in two years between the North Korea and South Korea reportedly ended without progress on Thursday, as Pyongyang refused to apologize for the sinking of 'The Cheonan,' an ROK warship.
Summary: Hanoi, July 20, 2010, SPA -- Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Katsuya Okada plans to discuss North Korea&'s nuclear program and alleged March sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan at an ASEAN forum this week, dpa cited the minister&'s spokesman as saying.