North Korean troopers shot dead a suspected South Korean defector after interrogating him at sea, and burned his physique over coronavirus fears, Seoul navy officials stated Thursday.
The man had disappeared off a patrol vessel close to the western border island of Yeonpyeong, the South Korean defence ministry stated in an announcement.
He was sporting a lifejacket, a navy official instructed AFP, including that “circumstances tell us that there was an intent to defect”, with out offering proof.
According to the South’s Yonhap information company, the person was situated by North Korean forces and questioned from a ship by an official sporting protecting tools.
The killing befell after an “order from superior authority”, Yonhap cited South Korean officials as saying.
Seoul’s defence ministry condemned the capturing as an “outrageous act”.
“We sternly warn North Korea that all responsibilities for this incident lie with it,” it stated.
In July, a North Korean defector who had fled to the South three years in the past sneaked again over the closely fortified border into the impoverished nation. His crossing prompted North Korean officials to place the border metropolis of Kaesong beneath lockdown amid fears that he might have carried the coronavirus.
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U.S. Forces Korea commander Robert Abrams stated earlier this month that North Korean authorities had issued shoot-to-kill orders to forestall the coronavirus getting into the nation from China, making a “buffer zone” on the border.
The remoted North — whose crumbling well being system would battle to deal with a serious virus outbreak — has not confirmed a single case of the illness that has swept the world since first rising in China, the North’s key ally.
Pyongyang closed its border with China in January to attempt to forestall contamination, and in July state media stated it had raised its state of emergency to the utmost stage.