Why North-Korea tenders Apology to South-Korea

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Why North-Korea tenders Apology to South-Korea
Why North-Korea tenders Apology to South-Korea

Why North-Korea tenders Apology to South-Korea

North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un apologized on Friday for the shooting death of a South Korea n man to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the South’s national security adviser said, as public and political outrage over the killing grew.

The apology came during a letter from the North’s Northern Alliance Department, which handles cross-border ties, to South Korean President, Moon Jae-in each day after South Korean officials said the North’s soldiers killed the person , doused his body in fuel and set it ablaze.

The rare conciliatory message from the North Korean leader came as Moon faced intense political fallout over the incident, which coincided with a renewed push by him for engagement with North Korea.

Why North-Korea tenders Apology to South-Korea

“Chairman Kim Jong Un asked to convey his feeling that he’s greatly sorry that an unexpected unsavory incident occurred in our waters which hugely disappointed President Moon Jae-in and compatriots within the South,” the adviser, Suh Hoon, told reporters.

Suh said the letter was a response to requests for an evidence for the incident and included a promise to stop any recurrence.

North Korea expressed hope the incident wouldn’t undermine recent efforts to foster trust, Suh said, adding Moon and Kim had exchanged letters this month.

Moon praised Kim’s “strong resolve to save lots of lives” and steer anti-virus and flood recovery add his Sept. 8 letter, his office said.

In a Sept. 12 reply, Kim said Moon would win the battle against the coronavirus and “good things” would happen later.

Why North-Korea tenders Apology to South-Korea

Since 2018, the leaders have organized three summits and signed pacts to minimize tension, but relations have soured since the collapse last year of a second summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump, at which Moon had offered to mediate.

DEFECTION OR ACCIDENT?
The shooting of the person , a fisheries official who had gone missing in the week , shocked South Koreans and sparked a barrage of criticism from the opposition and therefore the public, prompting a strangely tough response from Moon, who called it “unpardonable”.

Critics accused Moon of failing to save lots of a citizen’s life while being crazy North Korea , saying the military didn’t plan to save him despite spotting him six hours before he was shot dead.

South Korean officials said the person has run up debt and certain sought to defect to the North. But his brother refuted that, saying he had just got a replacement boat and must have had some kind of accident.

Why North-Korea tenders Apology to South-Korea

“Not everyone who has debts wants to travel to the North,” the brother, Lee Rae-jin, said on social media.

“What the military was doing when he was floating around our waters for nearly a day?”

The North’s soldiers fired quite 10 shots at the person after he tried to escape without revealing his identity, Suh said, citing the letter.

But the North Korean side denied burning his body, saying the soldiers had burned a floatation device he was using in line with their anti-virus procedures, Suh said.

Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, said the apology showed Kim didn’t want the incident to escalate but it remained highly contentious within the South.

 “The letter showed Kim’s willingness to quickly resolve things but publicly it’s a really sensitive matter,” Yang said.

The shooting came each day after Moon proposed a replacement initiative including North Korea to the U.N. General Assembly and involved a proper termination of the 1950-53 Korean War, which led to an armistice, a long-standing North Korean demand.

But opposition politicians derided Moon’s peace offering .

“Now isn’t the time to talk of ending the war,” said Thae Young-ho, a former North Korean diplomat who is now an opposition lawmaker. He involved a proper investigation.

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