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Seoul holds than North Korean troops they executed e incinerated to a southern official who disappeared this week on the maritime border between the two countries, an act that he described as “brutal” and “inhuman” and which promises increase the tension on the peninsula.

He official, 47, disappeared last Monday in broad daylight from the Ministry of Fisheries vessel where he worked.

When his companions reported the disappearance to the coast guard, the boat, in charge of supervising fishing activities, was about 10 kilometers from the inter-Korean maritime border in the Yellow Sea, the tight and disputed Northern Limit Line (LLN).

“Brutal act”

“As a result of the exhaustive military analysis that we have made of various intelligence material, we have confirmed that North Korea committed the brutal act of shooting and cremating the body of this citizen of the Republic of Korea (official name of the South) in North Korean waters.” , He said Southern Ministry of National Defense it’s a statement.

For its part, South Korean presidential office He also harshly condemned the event and urged Pyongyang to reveal everything that happened around this “inhuman act,” according to another statement signed by the deputy director of the National Security Office, Suh Choo-suk.

He spokesperson for the Ministry of UnificationYoh Sang-key said in Seoul that the action “amounts to pouring cold water on our constant patience and efforts for inter-Korean reconciliation and peace and is totally contrary to the wishes of our people.” The southern authorities have tried unsuccessfully to contact the North regarding the event, something that reflects the bad moment that the bilateral relationship is experiencing.

Since the failure of the Hanoi summit Between Pyongyang and Washington in February 2019, the regime has hardened its stance with Seoul and in June destroyed the inter-Korean liaison office on its territory in protest at the sending of propaganda by activists from the South. Pyongyang has since severed cross-border lines of communication.

First civil victim

Is the first time that a South Korean civilian has been killed by the North Korean Army since November 2010, when a northern bombardment of Yeonpyeong Island, located precisely in the same area where the official disappeared, cost the lives of two inhabitants of the island and two soldiers.

Before that, in July 2008, soldiers of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) a Southerner who was on vacation at the northern resort of Mount Kumgang and who apparently entered a restricted military zone was shot dead.

According to intelligence analyzed by Seoul, a North Korean maritime patrol located a day after his disappearance adrift to official, who was wearing a life jacket and was clinging to a floating object. The man was reportedly left in the water and the soldiers, wearing gas masks, interrogated him from the deck.

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