September 29, 2020 08:59
President Moon Jae-in has offered belated condolences to the family of the South Korean official who was killed by North Korean troops in the West Sea last Tuesday.
In a meeting with top aides on Monday, Moon said the government is sorry for the shock and anger caused to the South Korean people, calling the murder a "regrettable and unfortunate" incident.
They were the president's first public remarks about the case and came a week after he was first informed of the brutal killing at sea.
Moon stressed the need to uncover the truth and to find ways to stop such incidents from happening again. He highlighted the need for communication between the two Koreas, calling on Pyongyang to reopen the inter-Korean military communication line it severed earlier this year.
The president also noted that a letter of apology from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was "swift and unprecedented."
Moon expressed hope that the tragic incident will serve as an opportunity for the two Koreas to resume dialogue and cooperation. North Korea has yet to respond to South Korea's call for a joint investigation.
The official was found by a North Korean Navy vessel after he had gone missing from a South Korean fisheries patrol boat. His killers kept him in the cold water for six hours before firing a dozen rounds into him, dousing him in fuel and setting him ablaze.
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