To prevent this incident from happening in Pyongyang, South Korea mobilizes dozens of navies to find human remains.
North Korea said Sunday it was searching for the body of a South Korean officer killed by its soldiers, but warned that South Korean naval operations in the area were threatening to escalate tensions.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday issued a rare apology for firing on a South Korean fisheries official in North Korean waters.
Seoul has asked Pyongyang to further investigate the deadly shootings, suggesting that it could be a joint investigation by both sides.
The South Korean military alleges that North soldiers killed the man, dipped his body in fuel and set it on fire near the sea border.
North Korean state news agency KCNA said Sunday that the country’s authorities were considering ways to hand over the body to the south if it was found.
The report called it a “terrible case” but warned that South Korean naval operations near the scene had entered North Korean waters.
“We urge the South to immediately stop incursions across the military boundary line in the West Sea, which could lead to escalating tensions,” KCNA said.
A South Korean national defense ministry spokesman did not immediately comment on North Korea’s allegations.
South Korea has assembled 39 ships, including 16 naval vessels and six aircraft, which continued Sunday despite complaints from North Korea, the South Korean news agency Yonhap said.
KCNA says North Korea has launched its own search operation to recover the body.
“We have taken further necessary security measures to ensure that incidents that undermine the relationship of trust and respect between the North and the South do not happen under any circumstances, which is true to the purpose of our supreme leadership,” the report said. Without explaining.