According to Lt. Ahn Young-ho, a senior South Korean chief of staff, an official from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries went missing 1.9 kilometers south of the Yeonpyeong Islands on September 21. .
The islands are located near the sea border between North and South Korea, and at some point, the official crossed the waters of North Korea, after which, according to information from South Korea, North Korean forces opened fire, killing South Korea. . His body was later burned, said Ah.
In a statement, the South Korean military said it “strongly condemns the atrocities of the North” and urged Pyongyang to provide explanations and punish those responsible.
“In addition, we strongly warn that North Korea is responsible for the atrocities committed against our citizens,” the statement added.
The deterioration of relations came after a long rapprochement led by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, resulting in historic meetings between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as well as summits between Kim and his president. US Donald Trump.