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N Korean leader Kim apologizes over killing of S Korean gov't official

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By HYUNG-JIN KIM

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Wow, that is rare --- a conciliatory tone from Kim? Is he getting worried that the CCPs ability to prop him up is shrinking?

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..... what the......for real.....

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Did he also apologize for killing his uncle and brother too?

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Like I said in the previous article:

A possible coverup of an unprovoked attack and murder (maybe) on a S Korean by NK to avoid conflict and outrage by the SK people?

Besides, what can SK do at this point other than invade the country, start a coup, or kill a NK citizen?

Who wants to fight during a pandemic?

Most people do not want a war especially during an extremely infectious pandemic. Resources are already stretched, and it would just make things worse for all parties.

If anything their actions have shown how great the impact has been on the hermit kingdom. The pandemic has hurt NK more than sanctions!

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Some idiot picked the wrong year to 'defect' to North Korea.

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So he was a spy. No way I can believe anyone would want to defect there.

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Another guy who deserved Darwin prize...this time with damaged GPS...

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Moon will easily accept the apology and the case will end. No further inquiry, compensation will be pursued. Criticism against incapability of SK armed forces will be silenced.

Consequences would be very different had Japanese coastguard killed and set ablaze a SK official. Moon's policy of pro-Pyongyang hypocrisy runs deep, uglier.

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noriahojanenToday  04:34 pm JST

Consequences would be very different had Japanese coastguard killed and set ablaze a SK official. Moon's policy of pro-Pyongyang hypocrisy runs deep, uglier.

Exactly. North Koreans can kill South Koreans, but the Japanese are always worse.

"more South Koreans would back their neighbor to the north if it went to war with Japan, according to a new survey by a state-sponsored think tank in Seoul."

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/11/08/national/politics-diplomacy/nearly-half-south-koreans-back-north-vs-japan/

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Has Hell frozen over?

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Definitely a first and immediately one starts wondering how much food and medical aid North Korea is going to be asking for this winter.

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You do know whoever the military goons were that killed the guy are all going to be executed. Anyone who puts the the Great Leader into a position of apologizing will not remain alive.

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Something fishy about this story...SK public servant trying to defect to NK by getting off his agency boat, into a raft and when the NK troops come to him he doesn't tell them he is trying to defect but rather flees from them? SK defector would have been a propaganda gold prize for Kim,s regime... nothing to be gained by shooting the guy if he was trying to defect to the North. This has BS written all over it.

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Dear S. Korea,

While your focus and hate is always towards Japan, your brother from the North keeps doing aggressive moves, including killing South Koreans.

Aggressive North Korea gets a pass on everything, while apologetic Japan who gave over 50 apologies and paid compesation multiple times Is Never Good Enough, Never Enough. Korean wants More.

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The explanation is pure bunk. How does someone explain their presence over dozens of meters of ocean? How does firing blanks help the situation?

I tell you what though, the above comments explain why this sort of statement from N.K. is so rare. If their leader is going to take such a beating for apologizing, why should he or they ever try to be conciliatory every again? In fact, I find the explanation for their ridiculous explanation in the tendency to just attack North Korea harder when it tries to come clean.

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Noriah and Ossan

I agree with your comments and point of view. I was thinking the exact same thing when I read this story! The hypocrisy from South Korea on display for Japan to see. Moon immediately will give North Korea 100% Pass! All forgiven! Let's talk about the Japanese from 80 years ago!

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Anyone who puts the the Great Leader into a position of apologizing will not remain alive.

Correct. Even if it was Dear Leader himself who gave the standing order for them to do exactly as they did. And I bet he did too.

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Exactly. North Koreans can kill South Koreans, but the Japanese are always worse.

"more South Koreans would back their neighbor to the north if it went to war with Japan, according to a new survey by a state-sponsored think tank in Seoul."

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/11/08/national/politics-diplomacy/nearly-half-south-koreans-back-north-vs-japan/

Blood is truly thicker than water. I do not think anyone should be surprised that ethnic Koreans would support their fellow Koreans no matter what. If it were just a war between North and South Korea that is one thing. But a war between North Korea and any other country in the world especially Japan, South Koreans will always, always back their fellow peoples.

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So in none of the news I’ve seen on this has there been any mention of Kim Jong Un picking up a phone or making some live broadcast announcement of this apology. A letter was received by the South... and NK spokespeople have confirmed the apology... but really... where is Kim?

BTW, I think the apology is great... it just doesn’t seem to be the North Korea we know.

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So was he going from

South to North

or

North to South?

Not exactly clear in the article.

Seems that South Korea wants to merge with North into one Korea more than it wants justice for killing someone.

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South to North... It was suspected that the person killed was trying to escape debt or some kind of shady dealings... well guess they paid the ultimate price.

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Even Kim Jong Un is capable of issuing an apology, as opposed to our own dear leader, who never makes a mistake, never assumes responsibility, and never apologizes.

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