North Koreans Shot and Burned Missing South Korean Official, Seoul Says

This photograph taken on April 24, 2018 reveals a basic view of unidentified fishing boats earlier than the North Korean shoreline from a viewpoint on the South Korea-controlled island of Yeonpyeong close to the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea at daybreak. North Korean forces shot lifeless a Southern fisheries official who disappeared off a patrol vessel and ended up in Pyongyang’s waters, Seoul’s defence ministry stated on September 24, 2020. Photograph: Ed Jones / AFP

North Korean troopers shot after which burned the physique of a South Korean official who went lacking at sea this week, Seoul confirmed Thursday, demanding these accountable be punished.

Normal Ahn Younger-ho, who’s accountable for operations for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Workers, strongly condemned North Korea’s “outrageous act.”

“We sternly warn the North that each one tasks for this incident lie with it,” the senior basic stated.

In response to Seoul, the 47-year-old labored for the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and was final seen Monday aboard a patrol boat with different officers to the south of Yeonpyeong Island, which is west of the South Korean metropolis of Incheon.

He was reported lacking after he mysteriously disappeared from the boat, the authorities stated on Wednesday. Solely his sneakers had been present in a search.

South Korea dispatched round 20 naval vessels and planes in an try to search out him.

They now imagine he was attempting to defect and was floating in a life jacket when discovered by North Korean troopers, who placed on fuel masks and questioned him earlier than opening fireplace.

After the capturing the troopers allegedly burned his physique, presumably over fears he had COVID-19. The notoriously remoted and secretive hermit kingdom stated it had its first suspected an infection in July, however later claimed it was damaging, in response to Radio Free Asia.

South Korea’s Coast Guard stated defection was potential as a result of the official had complained of debt issues. He additionally knew the present, was carrying a life jacket, after which there have been the sneakers left on board.

Nonetheless, it stated his route couldn’t be tracked as a result of two CCTV cameras on the boat had been damaged.

It’s unclear how South Korea got here to the conclusion of what occurred to the official, although they cited intelligence evaluation.

His brother additionally challenged the federal government’s narrative in an interview with Yonhap Information TV, arguing he had no purpose to need to defect.

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