Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Korean Government Disputes North Korean Accounts of Shooting
» by GI Korea

The Korean government is further disputing the North Korean accounts of what happened in regards to the shooting of a South Korean tourist as the Geumgang Resort:

He also raised doubts about the North Korean announcement on North Korean guards’ firing of a warning shot and the rounds they fired, saying, “If the North Korean guards had fired a warning shot (as North Korea claims), there should have been three gun shots (including the two shots that Park sustained). But a South Korean witness, who happened to be nearby at that time, testified that he had heard only two shots.”

The spokesman continued to argue that North Korea had violated the inter-Korean agreement. He said, “According to the inter-Korean agreement on the South Korean tourists’ entry and stay at the Mt. Kumgang resort area, the North Korean side should guarantee the personal safety and safe return of all South Korean tourists. If an accident should occur, North Korea is supposed to stop it and begin an investigation. But North Korea has allowed a South Korean tourist to be shot dead.” [Chosun Ilbo]

It is also quite clear that Ms. Park did not climb a fence as the North Koreans claimed as well:

Some parts of the restricted area in the Mt. Kumgang beach in North Korea where a South Korean tourist was shot dead by a North Korean guard on Friday are protected not by fences but by a sand dune. Hyundai Asan, the Mt. Kumgang tour operator, on Sunday released four photos of the area near the western line of control at the beach.

Three of them were taken at around 5 a.m. on Sunday, the reported time of Friday’s shooting, and clearly show that it is bright enough to identify a person. In the pictures, a yellow-green fence 3.5 m in height and 70 m long is seen leading from a promenade towards the sea. But the fence does not block the entire way, and between the point where it ends to the water, there is only a sand dune standing 1-2 m in height and 2-3 m in width. A “Do Not Enter” sign is posted 65 meters to the left from the sand dune, where a stroller might well miss it. [Chosun Ilbo]

The North Koreans lying and not keeping an agreement, who would of ever thought of that happening?

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