North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has rendered an apology consequent to the assassination of a South Korean official, according to the South Korean president’s office.
Mr Kim reportedly informed his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that the incident should not occurred.
South Korea claims the 47-year-old man was trying to escape from North Korea when he was found by the country’s military on patrol.
According to Seouo, he was later shot and his body was set on fire.
The border between the two Koreas is heavily guarded and the North is believed to have implemented a “shootout” policy to prevent it from infecting the corona virus.
The apology was issued through a letter sent to President Moon stating that the incident should not have taken place, according to one official.
Mr Kim indicated that he was “sorry” for “offending” Mr Moon, the Yonhap news agency quoted Blue House as saying.
The North also provided further information on the incident, saying the man was shot ten times.
It also clarified that it did not burn the man’s body but was a “water-borne device” that he used to carry, South national security director Suh Hoon said.