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Kim Apologizes Over Killing of South Korean

Kim Apologizes Over Killing of South KoreanKim Apologizes Over Killing of South Korean

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wrote to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to apologize for the shooting of a South Korean fisheries official in its waters on Tuesday.
The rare mea culpa was delivered in a letter to South Korea's presidential Blue House, according to Suh Hoon, director of the South's National Security Office, Nikkei Asian Review reported. 
"State Chairman Kim Jong Un said he is very sorry to President Moon Jae-in and the South Korean people for disappointing them as this unexpected and unfortunate event happened in its maritime territories," Suh quoted North Korea as saying.
Pyongyang said its soldiers fired 10 bullets at the man on Tuesday evening after he entered its territorial waters. But North Korea denied burning his body, saying it could not find him after the shooting.
While the letter may help ease growing tensions between the two Koreas, Moon's attempts to foster peace are facing a domestic backlash. Many South Korean people are angry about the brutal killing and news outlets used the occasion to criticize the government's policy of engagement.
 

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