Daily US Times: North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un has issued a rare personal apology for the killing of a South Korean official, Seoul says.
Mr Kim reportedly told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that the “disgraceful affair” should not have happened.
South Korea has said the 47-year-old official was found by troops floating in the North’s waters. It is the first killing of a South Korean citizen by North Korean forces for a decade.
According to Seoul, he was then shot dead and his body was set alight.
The killing has caused outrage in the South. It is not clear how Kim’s apology would work.
The border between the countries is tightly policed, and the North is thought to have a “shoot-to-kill” policy in place to prevent coronavirus from entering the country.
The apology came in the form of a letter sent to South’s President Mr Moon which acknowledged that the incident should not have happened, they South Korea’s presidential office, also known as the Blue House, says.
The Blue House says Mr Kim called it a “disgraceful affair” and said he felt “very sorry” for “disappointing” Mr Moon and the South Korean people. It is North Korea’s first official comment on the incident.
South Korea’s director of national security Suh Hoon said the North also gave the South the results of its investigation – it said more than 10 shots were fired at the man, who had entered North Korean waters and then failed to reveal his identity and tried to flee.
However the country insisted that it had not burned the man’s body but rather the “floating material” that was carrying him.
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