13 Jul 2008

South Korea seeks explanation over shot housewife

5:36 pm on 13 July 2008

South Korea has called on North Korea to explain why one of its soldiers shot dead last Friday an unarmed housewife holidaying at a resort in the North.

The incident occurred at the Mount Kumgang resort, a few kilometres north of the heavily fortified border.

The resort, opened in 1998 and visited by nearly two million South Koreans, was hailed as a milestone in reconciliation between the two states technically still at war.

The victim, 53-year-old Park Wang-ja, had left her hotel to watch the sunrise over the sea.

She had apparently strayed past fenced-off resort grounds and was shot by a North Korean sentry.