A South Korean citizen sailing on a fishing patrol boat was killed by North Korean soldiers who later cremated his body, the South Korean military said Thursday.
Renewed tension between Pyongyang and Seoul. North Korean forces shot dead a South Korean fisherman who was in Pyongyang territorial waters, Seoul’s defense ministry said Thursday (September 24), calling the law “outrageous.”
Before the 47-year-old disappeared from the patrol vessel he was on, he was near the western border island of Yeonpyeong, the ministry said in a statement. After analyzing the intelligence service, the South Korean military has “confirmed” that the Nordics “shot a South Korean citizen to death in North Korea’s territorial waters and cremated his body.”
“We solemnly warn North Korea that all responsibility related to this incident rests with it,” she added. It is not yet clear why this official ended up in the water.
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The media reported that his shoes were found on board the patrol, which indicates that he would have wanted a defect.
In July, a North Korean defector who fled south three years ago returned to his country and successfully crossed the “boundary line” that serves as a border with South Korea. This had prompted the North Korean authorities to order the containment of the border town of Kaesong, for fear that it would carry Covid-19.
No official case of Covid-19, according to Pyongyang
The commander of US forces in South Korea, Robert Abrams, claimed that the North Korean authorities ordered the shooting of those who tried to enter the country from China to prevent an epidemic of Covid19.
A “buffer zone” at the border has been created with special forces ready to fire. Pyongyang has so far claimed that no cases of Covid-19 have been registered in its territory.
North Korea closed its borders in late January, when the epidemic exploded in China, imposing drastic restrictions on its population, including the strict confinement of thousands of people.