North Korea expressed regret on Friday over the death of a missing South Korean, saying it shot him as part of measures to battle the coronavirus, the South’s national security adviser said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in saying the incident should not have happened, the official told a briefing.

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South Korea’s presidential office cited Kim as calling the incident “unexpected” and “unfortunate,” and that the North Korean leader was “deeply sorry.”

It’s extremely unusual for a North Korean leader to apologize to rival South Korea on any issue.










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On Thursday, South Korea accused North Korea of fatally shooting one of its public servants who was likely trying to defect and burning his body after finding him on a floating object in North Korean waters earlier this week.

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South Korean officials condemned North Korea for what they called an “atrocious act” and pressed it punish those responsible.

—With files from the Associated Press







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