World News – US – Kim apologizes for murder of South Korean official


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has issued rare personal apologies for murder of South Korean official, says Seoul

M Kim reportedly told her South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that the « shameful affair » should not have happened

South Korea says the 47-year-old was found by troops floating in northern waters

The murder – the first of a South Korean citizen by North Korean forces in a decade – sparked outrage in the South

The border between Korea is closely watched and the North has reportedly implemented a « shoot to kill » policy to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country

The apology took the form of a letter sent to President Moon, acknowledging that the incident should not have happened, according to the South Korean presidential office, also known as the Blue House

M Kim called it a « shameful affair » and said he felt « very sorry » for « disappointing » Mr. Moon and the South Korean people, Blue House said This is the North’s first official comment on the incident

The North also gave the South the results of its investigation – it said more than 10 shots were fired at the man, who entered North Korean waters, then did not disclose his identity and had tried to flee, security director Suh Hoon said

However, the North insisted it did not burn the man’s body but rather the « floating material » that carried him

« Troops were unable to locate the unidentified intruder during a search after firing the shots and set the device on fire as part of national emergency disease prevention measures. » said M Suh during a briefing, referring to the North Korean narrative

The presidential office in Seoul has also decided to publish recent letters between the two leaders

In them, Kim Jong-un said he understood « more than anyone the kind of pressure and hardship » needed to overcome the coronavirus pandemic and the damage from recent typhoons It was the « heartfelt truth « that he shared » the pain and suffering of the people of the South, « he said

This incident could have been a disaster for any hope of reviving talks between South Korean President Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

As is the case, many South Koreans will not easily forgive or forget They are shocked and outraged by what appears to have been the brutal murder of an unarmed civilian in North Korean waters This is yet another reminder of North Korea’s often ruthless regime

It should also be noted that the account of the murder by the North does not match the details provided by officials in the South However, these rare personal apologies from Kim Jong-un could help allay the anger of the South

If there had been no apology, M’s warm letter Kim to M Moon would have been wasted In at least trying to calm things down, M Kim may be signaling her willingness to keep talking

The father-of-two, who worked for the Fisheries Department, was on his patrol boat about 10 km from the border with the North, near Yeonpyeong Island, when he disappeared on Monday, South Korean defense ministry said

He left his shoes on the boat South Korean media reported that he was recently divorced and had financial problems

A North Korean patrol boat found the man, who was wearing a life jacket, at sea around 3:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday

They put on gas masks and interrogated him from a distance before « orders [from] higher authority » arrived for the man to be killed, South Korea said He was shot in the water

President Moon Jae-in called the killing a « shocking » incident that could not be tolerated. He urged the North to take « responsible » action in the face of 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 »

Officials said they carried out a « thorough analysis of the various pieces of information », but it was not clear exactly how they gathered this information

The military hotline between North and South was cut in June and the inter-Korean liaison office, built to help the two sides communicate, was destroyed by North Korea But the South Korean military is known to intercept radio communications from the North, AFP news agency reports

M’s apologies Kim come at a time when North-South relations are at an all-time low and there is a stalemate between Pyongyang and Washington over the North’s nuclear program

South Korea has in the past asked for an apology from the North, but these have rarely been offered.The North has refused to apologize for the sinking of a South Korean warship in 2010, in which 46 sailors died, denies responsibility He also refused to apologize for bombing a South Korean island the same year, killing two soldiers and two construction workers

North Korea may be taking extremely tough measures to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country as it is believed to be preparing for a massive military parade on October 10 to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Ruling Workers Party

Pyongyang closed its border with China in January in an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid-19 In July, North Korean state media said the country had raised its state of emergency to the maximum

Last month, the commander of US military forces in South Korea, Robert Abrams, said the North had introduced a new one to two kilometer « buffer zone » on the Chinese border and that the country had special operations forces in place with orders to « shoot to kill » anyone crossing the border

In the past, North Korea has also returned people who have wandered over their territory.In 2017, the state-run KCNA news agency said officials would repatriate a South Korean fishing boat that crossed « illegally « the border, in what has been considered a rare humanitarian movement

Seoul said the man was shot and set on fire as he tried to defect north

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