North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un came with a rare apology for killing of a South Korean official for crossing the border. Mr Kim called the whole incident a “disgraceful affair” that could have been avoided, telling it to his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in.
South Korea told the press that the dead man of 47 years was found by North Korean troops in the water.
When he was found by the patrol team, he was shot dead and his body was set on fire, as Seoul reported.
Killing a South Korean official ignited an outrage in the South.
It might be the stern security measurements taken at the borders of the country to prevent any surge of Coronavirus in the country from the outside.
Mr. Kim issued a personal apology for such a mishap. He wrote a letter to President Moon which acknowledged that the incident should not have happened, according to South Korea’s Blue House.
Kim Jong-un termed the unfortunate event as a “disgraceful affair” and he deeply felt “sorry” that the action disappointed Mr. Moon. According to the Blue House, it was his first words about the horrible incident.
North Korea recently revealed the reports of the investigation to the South. I showed that the South Korean official was shot 10 times because he crossed the South Korean border and fell into the North’s water. When he could not reveal his identity to the police and tried to swim back, fleeing from the troops, he was shot to death.
But North Korea commented that it did not burn the corpse, the troops only tried to burn the other things which he were carrying with him floating in the water.
“The troops could not locate the unidentified trespasser during a search after firing the shots, and burned the device under national emergency disease prevention measures,” Mr Suh told a briefing, referring to the letter.
All of the dissension began when a middle-aged official for the fisheries department went further reaching the border with on his patrol boat. He disappeared near the island of Yeonpyeong on Monday. The South Korean defence ministry said that he left his shoes on the boat. He was father of two and he recently got divorced, managing his financial crisis.
A North Korean patrol boat spotted him floating in their water wearing a life jacket. They found him at around 15:30 local time on Tuesday.
When he could not provide proper identification to the North troops who were wearing gas masks and stood at a safe distance, “orders from [a] superior authority” were given to kill him on the spot. He was shot dead in the water and burnt till he turned charred.
President Moon Jae-in said that such brutality cannot be accepted and North Korea should take the “responsible” measures over the attack.
The country’s National Security Council said the North could “not justify shooting and burning the corpse of our unarmed citizen who showed no sign of resistance”.
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