Gov't confirms North Korea shot missing South Korean official to death

Clay Curtis
September 24, 2020

"Cooperation between Japan and South Korea, as well as between Japan, the United States and South Korea, is crucial to deal with North Korea and other issues".

"We sternly warn North Korea that all responsibilities for this incident lie with it", it said.

The ministry said the 47-year-old official was aboard a government vessel that was checking on potential unauthorised fishing near a South Korean border island. The military hotline between North and South was cut in June, and the inter-Korean liaison office, which was built to help both sides communicate, was destroyed by North Korea.

According to the South's Yonhap news agency, the man was located by North Korean forces and questioned from a boat by an official wearing protective equipment.

In a video message to the United Nations General Assembly, Moon said collective protection of life and safety would lay the groundwork for North Korea to have its security guaranteed by engaging with the worldwide community.

"He was shot dead in the water", the military official told AFP.

South Korean Marines patrol on Yeonpyeong Island South Korea on Thursday after the deadly incident
South Korean Marines patrol on Yeonpyeong Island South Korea on Thursday after the deadly incident

Troops in gas masks then doused the body in oil and set it on fire, the South's military said.

South Korea's aggressive testing and tracing efforts during the coronavirus outbreak have been praised internationally.

South Korea's defence ministry said the official was working for the fisheries department and was on his patrol boat about 10km (6 miles) from the border with the North, near the island of Yeonpyeong, when he disappeared on Monday.

On Wednesday, South Korea sent a message to North Korea over the case via the communication channel between the USA -led United Nations Command (UNC) and North Korea, but the North has not given any response, according to another official. Earlier reports said that his shoes were found on board the patrol vessel, leading to speculation he may have been trying to defect. Pyongyang claims there has not been a single case there, and the country closed its border with China in January and implemented the maximum emergency level against the virus in July.

In July, a North Korean defector who had fled to the South three years ago sneaked back over the heavily fortified border into the impoverished nation.

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