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N. Korea claims killing of S. Korean man was unintentional, body was not burned Updated: 2020-09-25 17:12:16 KST

The circumstances of the South Korean man's death in North Korean waters, as described in a formal notice sent by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, differ from the version released by the South Korean military.
The North's description suggests that it did not burn the man's body in the "brutal and inhumane" way related by the South.
In its notice on Friday, the North admitted that its soldiers fired around ten rounds towards the man at a distance of 40 to 50 meters.
Then, when there was no movement or sound, the North claims its soldiers went closer to the target but found no body only a lot of blood on the floating items.
Those items, it says, were burned in accordance with the regime's emergency quarantine protocol, but the regime made no mention of burning the man's remains.
The South Korean military had stated Thursday that the North poured gasoline on the man's body, burned it, and discarded his remains at sea.
North Korea appears to claim that the killing was accidential or unintentional that the man was shot and killed as the soldiers carried out their duty to guard the border and deal with an "illegal intruder."
This, too, is different from the South Korean military's assessment, in which there was intel indicating that the man had expressed to the North Korean soldiers an intention to defect but was deliberately shot dead anyway on orders from higher in the chain of command.
In a closed door parliamentary meeting held Friday, South Korea's National Intelligence Service reportedly said the order to shoot the man did not come from Kim Jong-un but from the North's military commander.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
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