South Korea calls for joint probe with North Korea over official’s death

South Korea wants North Korea to cooperate in what would be an unprecedented joint investigation into the recent fatal shooting of a South Korean fisheries official.

Outrage mounted in South Korea after its military said Thursday that North Korean soldiers had killed the man, then soaked his body in fuel and lit it on fire near the sea border. North Korean officials said only that soldiers shot the “illegal intruder,” Reuters reported Saturday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare apology Friday over the man’s death.  In a letter from Kim to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the portly despot wrote that he was “very sorry” over what had transpired.

The two Koreas have never jointly investigated past accidents —which include the death of a South Korean tourist shot at the North’s mountain resort of Kumgang in 2008 or the North’s bombing of Yeonpyeong Island which killed four South Koreans in 2010.

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