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Pyongyang claims that the man refused to answer questions and that its soldiers opened fire only after he tried to flee. The officials’ flotation device was then reportedly burned in accordance with anti-coronavirus guidelines, but the body was not recovered.
The incident has complicated renewed efforts by the Moon government to seek reconciliation with the North, with political opponents accusing the president of being soft on Pyongyang. Days before the incident, Moon had called for a formal end to the Korean War.
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