Seoul: North Korea said on Sunday that it was looking for the remains of a South Korean official killed by its officers and soldiers, but warned that South Korean naval operations in the area threatened to break into disputed maritime borders to increase tensions.
According to Seoul, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un expressed a rare apology last Friday for the fatal shooting by North Korean fishery officials in North Korean waters.
The South Korean military accused North Korean soldiers of killing the man, fueling his body, and setting fire near the maritime border.
After South Korean President Moon Jae-in convened a ministerial meeting on Sunday to discuss the North Korean issue, the Blue House in the presidential palace reiterated its request for Pyongyang to allow a joint investigation into the killing. It urged the restoration of the military communications hotline, which North Korea cut off earlier this year due to deterioration in relations.
North Korean state news agency KCNA called the killing an “awful case which should not have happened” but accused South Korean naval operations near in the area of crossing into North Korean waters.
“We urge the south side to immediately halt the intrusion across the military demarcation line in the west sea that may lead to escalation of tensions,” KCNA said.
A spokesman for the South Korean Ministry of Defense did not immediately comment on the North Korean allegations.
South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency quoted an unnamed Coast Guard official as saying that the South has been searching only in the waters south of the northern limit line. The controversial sea world.
Yonhap News Agency said South Korea mobilized 39 ships, including 16 naval vessels and 6 aircraft, to conduct searches. Despite North Korea’s complaints, it continued on Sunday.
KCNA said that North Korea is starting its own body search to recover the body.
“We also took more necessary security measures in order to make sure that no more incident spoiling the relations of trust and respect between the north and the south would happen in any case,” the report added, without elaborating.