North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has issued a rare personal apology for the killing of a South Korean official, Seoul says.
Kim reportedly told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that the incident should not have happened.
South Korea has said the 47-year-old man was allegedly trying to defect to North Korea when he was found by troops floating in the North’s waters.
He was then shot dead and his body was set alight, according to Seoul.
The border between the Koreas is tightly policed, and the North is thought to have a “shoot-to-kill” policy in place to prevent coronavirus from entering the country.
The apology came in the form of a letter sent to President Moon and acknowledged that the incident should not have happened, according to South Korea’s Blue House.