A South Korean official was shot dead by North Korean forces

A South Korean official was shot dead by North Korean forces

According to Gen. Ahn Young-ho, a senior official with the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, an employee of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries lost in waters 1.9 kilometers (1.2 miles) south of Yeonpyeong Islands on September 21. .

The islands are located near the sea border between North and South Korea, and at one point the official crossed into North Korean waters, and then, according to South Korean intelligence, North Korean forces opened fire and killed the South Korean. Ahn said that they later burned his body.

The South Korean military said in a statement that it “strongly condemns the atrocities committed by North Korea” and urged Pyongyang to provide an explanation and punish those responsible.

“In addition, we strongly warn that North Korea is responsible for the atrocities committed against our fellow countrymen,” the statement added.

Tensions were Rise between North and South Korea Since the two sides cut off contact in June, when Pyongyang first shut down then They blew up a joint liaison office in Kaesong, A city on the northern side of the border.

The deterioration in relations came after years of rapprochement led by South Korean President Moon Jae-in that resulted in historic meetings between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as well as summit meetings between Kim and US President Donald Trump.

But those meetings ultimately did not produce significant results for all parties, and North Korea took an increasingly sharp tone toward its southern neighbor, a shift in attitude that occurred when it became Kim’s sister, Kim Yoo Jong, He moved to a more powerful position in the North Korean regime.
A South Korean civilian was killed by the North In 2008When a soldier shot a South Korean tourist in Mt. Kumgang Ski Resort. In 2010, 46 South Korean sailors And Two South Korean Marines and two civilians North Korea has also been killed in separate incidents.
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