PUBLISHED: 03:42, Thu, Sep 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 03:42, Thu, Sep 24, 2020
The South Korean fisheries official was said to be cremated after being shot following an attempt to defect to the North. He was reported missing from a South Korean fisheries patrol boat when it was about six miles from the disputed line of military control between the two sides.
The official’s colleagues on the boat noticed he was missing at around lunch time.
They realised that only his shoes were left on the vessel which led to an air and sea search.
At the moment it is unknown exactly why the man was shot.
But North Korea has reportedly been ordered to act under anti-coronavirus measures.
North Korean forces may have shot dead a South Korean official who went missing (Image: getty)
The official was reported missing from a South Korean fisheries patrol boat (Image: getty)
Earlier this month, the US military commander in South Korea warned that North Korean soldiers have been given “shoot-to-kill orders” to prevent COVID-19 entering the country.
Most defections tend to involve North Koreans heading to the South.
However, this year has so far seen a spike in high-profile border crossings.
Last week, South Korean police arrested a defector who allegedly tried to return to the North.
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North Korea has reportedly been ordered to act under anti-coronavirus measures (Image: getty)