According to Lt. Gen. Ahn Young-ho, a senior official with the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, a crew from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries went missing on September 21 in 1.9 kilometers (1.2 miles) south of the Yonpiang Islands. .
The islands were located near the maritime border between North and South Korea, and at some point, the officer entered North Korean waters, after which, according to South Korean intelligence, North Korean forces opened fire and killed South Korea. Then they burned his body, Ahn said.
In a statement, the South Korean military said it “strongly condemns the atrocities in the north” and demanded that Pyongyang give an explanation and punish those responsible.
“In addition, we strongly warn that North Korea is responsible for the atrocities committed against our citizen,” the statement said.
Relations deteriorated after years of agreement, led by South Korean President Moon Jae, led to historic meetings between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as well as conferences between Kim and US President Donald Trump.