April 01, 2023

North Korea reiterates regret over killing of South Korean, but blames Seoul

North Korean statement takes aim at South Korean conservatives for allegedly politicizing incident

Pyongyang underscored its regret for the killing of a South Korean citizen by a North Korean soldier in waters near the disputed Northern Limit Line (NLL) on Friday, but fundamentally blamed Seoul for causing the incident.

The lengthy statement published by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) mentioned the word "regret" four times, but said that South Korean authorities should have prevented the 47-year old Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries official from entering DPRK waters in the first place.