The official in the fisheries sector was killed by gunfire on Tuesday by North Korean soldiers, while Seoul reported that his body was set ablaze while he was at sea, apparently as a precaution for fear of transmitting Corona infection.It was the first killing by North Korean forces against a South Korean citizen in a decade, and it sparked outrage in South Korea.
Kim apologized for the “disappointment” the accident caused to the South Korean people and President Moon Jae-in, instead of helping them confront the “malicious Coronavirus,” according to Seoul’s national security advisor, Soh Hoon.
It is very rare for North Korea, and indeed Kim personally, to apologize. The message comes in light of the stalemate in inter-Korean relations and amid the stalled nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington.
And Suh read a letter from the section responsible for relations with his country in the ruling North Korean Party.
Pyongyang admitted firing about ten bullets at the man who “entered our waters illegally” and refused to identify himself properly.
It reported that border guards shot him in line with the orders applied in this regard.
His body disappeared after the shooting, while the soldiers burned the bloody float device he was using, according to the rules of the national emergency.
Military officials in Seoul reported that the man was interrogated for several hours while at sea and expressed his desire to defect, but was killed “by order of higher authorities.”
The man, wearing a life jacket, disappeared from a patrolling ship near Yeonpyeong Island on the western border on Monday, and North Korean forces found him in the northern waters, about 24 hours later.
South Korean media reports stated that he is in his forties and has two children, but he recently divorced his wife and was suffering from financial problems.
Pyongyang closed its borders and declared a state of emergency in an attempt to protect itself from the virus that has swept the world since it appeared in neighboring China at the end of last year.