SEOUL — A South Korean fisheries official who went lacking this week was questioned in North Korean (NK) waters earlier than being shot lifeless by troops who then doused his physique in oil and set it on hearth, South Korea’s navy stated on Thursday.
South Korea’s navy stated proof prompt the person was trying to defect to the North when he was reported lacking from a fisheries boat on Monday about 10 kms (6 miles) south of the Northern Restrict Line (NLL), a disputed demarcation of navy management that acts because the de facto maritime boundary between the 2 Koreas.
The precise cause the 47-year-old official was shot will not be recognized however North Korean troops could have been performing beneath anti-coronavirus orders, South Korea’s navy stated.
Citing intelligence sources, the navy stated the unidentified man appeared to have been questioned at sea north of the NLL earlier than he was executed on an “order from a superior authority.” Troops in fuel masks then doused the physique in oil and set it on hearth.
The navy stated it despatched a message on Wednesday to the North by way of the land border demanding explanations, however has not obtained any response but.
“Our navy strongly condemns such an atrocity, and strongly calls for North Korea present explanations and punish those that are accountable,” Normal Ahn Younger-ho, who’s answerable for operations on the Joint Chiefs of Workers, informed a briefing.
The U.S. navy commander in South Korea stated this month that North Korean troops had been given “shoot-to-kill orders” to forestall the coronavirus coming into the nation.
In July, a person who had defected to South Korea three years in the past triggered a coronavirus scare when he crossed again over the closely monitored border into North Korea, which says it has had no circumstances of the illness.
His arrival prompted North Korean officers to lock down a border metropolis and quarantine hundreds of individuals over fears he could have had the coronavirus, although the World Well being Group (WHO) later stated his take a look at outcomes have been inconclusive.
Final week, South Korean police arrested a defector who they stated had tried to return to North Korea by breaking right into a navy coaching website in South Korea’s border city of Cheorwon. — Reuters