March 29, 2023

ROK official may have been shot dead near disputed inter-Korean border

North Korean shoot-to-kill orders, designed to protect DPRK from COVID-19, may be linked to official's death

Weeks after the commander of U.S. Forces Korea said North Korea imposed “shoot-to-kill orders” on its border, South Korean media reported that an ROK official may have been shot dead after attempting to swim towards the North.

A 47-year-old Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries official disappeared Monday from a patrol boat some 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of the disputed Northern Limit Line (NLL), a ministry spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.