Lt. Gen. Ahn Young-ho, a senior official with South Korea’s joint leaders, said a worker from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries went missing on September 21 in water 1.9 kilometers (1.2 miles) south of the Yeonpyeong Islands. .
A Defense Ministry official told reporters that a ship owned by North Korea’s fisheries system was the first to find South Korea missing at sea near the islands. The spokesman said the man was on a piece of Plotsam large enough to support one person, was wearing a life jacket and was exhausted.
South Korea is believed to be on a mission to North Korea, and an official from the Ministry of Defense, a crew of North Korean ships believed to be wearing gas masks, asked the man to testify.
Later, a North Korean patrol ship opened fire on the victim, who was killed. Following this, a soldier in a gas mask and danger suit approached and burned the body.
In a statement, the South Korean military said it “strongly condemns the atrocities in the north” and called on Pyongyang to provide an explanation and punish those responsible.
“In addition, we strongly warn that North Korea is responsible for the atrocities against our citizens,” the statement added.
Co-ordination Ministry spokesman Yo Sang-ki said the incident “casts cold water on our enduring patience and effort for reconciliation and peace between the Korean nations, and goes directly against our popular longing for peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
After years of good relations led by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, relations between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have deteriorated as a result of historic meetings and summits between Kim and US President Donald Trump.