A typical North Korean reaction to the killing of the South Korean civilian at the Geumgang Mountain Resort:
But in the statement from a North Korean tourism bureau, Pyongyang said the tourist “intruded deep into the area under the military control of the North side all alone at dawn,” noting that even her “shoes got wet.”
The North said its soldier spotted the tourist and ordered her to stop, but that she ran away. The soldier “repeatedly shouted” at her to stop and fired warning shots, but then “could not but open fire” at the woman, according to the statement from the Guidance Bureau for Comprehensive Development of Scenic Spots.
“The responsibility for the incident entirely rests with the South side,” the bureau said in the statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.
The statement called for Seoul to apologize and take measures to prevent it from happening again. [Associated Press]
What would be so typical of South Korea would be if the ROK government actually apologized for North Korea killing one of their citizens. The North Koreans are responsible for chaperoning the South Korean civilians so matter what happened they are responsible for the death of the woman.
Anyway it appears at least North Korea is not even telling the truth about what happened because none of the South Korean witnesses heard any verbal warnings just gun shots:
Yonhap news agency cited a tourist who returned from the resort Friday as saying he saw a middle-aged woman dressed in black walking along the beach before hearing two gunshots and a scream about 10 minutes later.
“When I looked at the direction where the gunshots were heard, there was one person collapsed and three soldiers ran out of a forest and touched the person with their feet as if trying to see if that person is alive,” Yonhap quoted 23-year-old Lee In-bok, a college student, as saying.
Lee told Yonhap that he and five others witnessed the incident while at the beach to watch the sunrise and that they were about 300 meters away.
The North Koreans probably feel South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is politically weak right now due to the Cows Gone Wild madness and can get away with their demands with no repercussions, which is probably what will happen.
Now that the other tourists are back in South Korea, some of them are talking to the media. There was no wire fence, only a green fence that was passable at low tide as evidenced by photos in this story about the North’s refusal to allow an investigation of the site and demand for an apology:
The Chosun Ilbo is also reporting that a Korean minister was apprehended and returned after wandering into the same restricted area last year:
A fellow tourist is claiming to be a witness, saying he saw a woman walk past him at 4:30. 10-15 minutes later, he heard two shots 5-10 seconds apart and saw 3 soldiers bent over a fallen woman: