South Korea condemns the killing of its official by North Korea

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Credit:: Quartz

Seoul, South Korea, Agency. A South Korean official was shot dead by North Korean forces after he entered North Korean waters, disappearing from a government ship near the military boundary between North and South Korea.

South Korea on Thursday accused North Korea of firing at the fisheries official. The South Korean Defense Ministry said in a statement that it strongly condemned the North’s act.

The exact cause of the disappearance of the official has not been ascertained. Defections of South Koreans to North Korea are less likely, whereas more than 30,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea in the past 20 years.

There are assumptions that the man’s killing may worsen the already worn relationship between the two nations. The deadlock in nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States has added to the mire.

North Korea’s response to the South Korean announcement has not been reported yet.

US Forces Korea commander General Robert Abrams said earlier this month that North Korean authorities had issued shoot-to-kill orders to prevent the coronavirus entering its country by creating a “buffer zone” at the border.

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