NORTH Korea brutally executed a South Korean official who crossed the sea border between the two countries – before pouring oil on his body and burning him, Seoul has said.
The fisheries official was attempting to defect to the North when he was reported missing from a boat on Monday about six miles south of the disputed Northern Limit Line, South Korea’s military said on Thursday.
The 47-year-old was picked up by a North Korean vessel where he was interrogated before being shot dead and his body crudely incinerated by troops in gas masks, according to the South’s military intelligence.
The military said the unidentified man appeared to have been executed on an “order from a superior authority”.
“Our military strongly condemns such an atrocity, and strongly demands North Korea provide explanations and punish those who are responsible,” General Ahn Young-ho, who is in charge of operations at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a briefing.
The US military commander in South Korea said this month that North Korean troops had been given “shoot-to-kill orders” to prevent the coronavirus entering the country.
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