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North's apology falls short

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Pyongyang should put action before words

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offered an apology to South Korea, Friday, for the killing of a 47-year-old South Korean fisheries official by the North's military. Such an apology is rare, considering the North's bad track record of never saying sorry for similar incidents.

The United Front Department, a Workers' Party organ in charge of inter-Korean relations, delivered Kim's message that he feels "very sorry" for greatly "disappointing" President Moon Jae-in and other South Koreans with the occurrence of the "unsavory" case in its waters. The notice was sent to Cheong Wa Dae, three days after North Korean soldiers brutally shot and killed the official who had drifted into the North's territorial waters off the western coast of the Korean Peninsula.

Ostensibly, Kim's two expressions of "sorry" in the notice........

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