North Korean leader Kim Jong Un takes part in a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) in this image released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 11, 2020. [Photo: Korean Central News Agency via Reuters]

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has issued a rare apology for the killing of a South Korean official, according to the South’s presidential office.

South Korea has said the 47-year-old man was allegedly trying to defect to North Korea when he was found by troops floating in the North’s waters, BBC reported, man was shot dead and his body was set alight.

Expressing regrets, Kim reportedly told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that the incident should not have happened.

He said he felt “very sorry” for “disappointing” Moon, reported news agency Yonhap, quoting the Blue House.

The North also released more details of the incident, saying 10 shots were fired at the man.

Since the beginning of coronavirus outbreak, the North police in between the Korean border comply with a “shoot-to-kill” order to prevent the virus from entering the country.


  • Muhammad Arif Sheva holds a B.A degree in Journalism from Int'l Peace Leadership College Rizal, Philippines. Sheva works as an editor and content writer for Khaama Press.