Supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-Un reportedly issued a personal apology to South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the murder of a South Korean official, media reports confirm.
Thursday, Seoul said one of their officials who went missing was killed and burned by North Korean soldiers in the Northern Limit Line (NLL), or a disputed and heavily armed demarcation of military control which is a de facto maritime border between the two Koreas.
The incident came to light based on an intel report from Seoul, South Korea’s capital, and made international headlines. South Korea demanded an explanation for the ‘atrocious’ killing.
As per media reports, Mr. Kim told President Moon that the incident should not have happened. The South Korean official, 47 and father of two, was reportedly trying to defect the North Korean border.
The apology from Comrade Kim Jong-Un came in the form of a letter, as per Blue House, the official residence of the South Korean head of state.
According to Blue House, Mr. Kim was ‘very sorry’ for ‘disappointing’ South Korea and its people with the cold-blooded killing.
The incident of shooting and burning the body was thought to be North Korea’s recently adopted “shoot-to-kill” policy to prevent the novel coronavirus from reaching the isolated territories.
In the letter issued to the Blue House, the DPRK gave a detailed investigation of the incident as well. South Korea’s director of national security Suh Hoon addressing a media briefing said North did not burn the body but the material he was carrying.
More than 10 shots were fired at the South Korean official who reportedly tried to enter the North, could not validate his identity and tried to flee when the troops fired him.
The body remained unidentified following the fire and the DPRK troops burned the stuff he was carrying under the nation’s national emergency disease prevention measures.
The relationship between the two Koreas has remained fraught with tensions ever since the Korean peninsula became divided into two, following the Second World War and after South Korea’s association with the US.
But following North Korea’s participation in the 2018 Olympics at South Korea, there has been a breakthrough in the diplomatic relationships between the two nations.