N.Korea Warns S.Korea to Stay away in Search for Dead Official

  • By Ahn Jun-yong

    September 28, 2020 11:22

    North Korea on Sunday warned South Korea not to cross into its territorial waters in the search for the body of an official who was murdered and possibly incinerated by North Korean troops while adrift on the West Sea.

    "We will never overlook any intrusion into our territorial waters, and we seriously warn the south side against it," the North said in a statement quoted by the official [North] Korean Central News Agency.

    Marines patrol the sea near Yeonpyeong Island on Sunday. /Yonhap

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent a letter to President Moon Jae-in last week apologizing for the incident, but the North swiftly recovered its belligerence. "We urge the south side to immediately halt the intrusion across the military demarcation line in the West Sea that may lead to an escalation of tensions," the statement added.

    South Korea mobilized 39 boats and six aircraft to look for the body after Kim claimed it had disappeared.

    But the statement added that the search "arouses our due vigilance as it may lead to another awful incident."

    North Korea claims its maritime border lies further south than the Northern Limit Line that is seen by South Korea and the U.S. as the de facto maritime border.

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