The crisis that began with the March 26 sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan by a North Korean submarine continued on May 25, as KCNA, North Korea’s official news agency, announced that “All communication links between the north and the south will be cut off.”
Last Wednesday, May 19, it was announced that investigators in Pakistan had arrested a former Pakistani officer, Major Adnan, in association with the attempted Times Square bombing attempt of May 1. It was believed then that he had been dismissed from their army two months previous and was arrested at his home in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
As tensions increase as a result of the March 26 sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan, presumably by a North Korean submarine, a White House press statement issued on May 24 said: “President Obama fully supports [South Korean] President Lee in his handling of the ROKS Cheonan incident and the objective investigation that followed.”
Pakistani officials on May 21 announced that they have arrested suspects in connection with the attempted May 1 car bombing in Times Square, New York City. It is not known when these arrests took place, but they came after two U.S. senior security officials had recently come to Pakistan.
AP reported a North Korean statement on May 20 asserting that South Korea fabricated evidence implicating the North in a torpedo attack that sank the South’s ROKS Cheonan on March 26 in order to provoke the North. The statement said any attempt by South Korea to retaliate for the warship's sinking would be answered with "all-out war."