S. Korean Tourist Shot Dead by N. Korean Soldier

Death jeopardizes thawing relations
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2008 11:24 AM CDT
The body of a South Korean who was shot to death by a North Korean soldier, arrives at National Institute of Scientific Investigation in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 11, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A North Korean soldier shot and killed a South Korean tourist when she wandered into a restricted area today, Reuters reports. The 53-year-old had been visiting the Mount Kumgang resort, just north of the border. The shooting could jeopardize thawing North/South relations, which had taken a huge step this morning, when South Korea offered a new food aid package to the North.

South Korea will break off tourism to the resort starting tomorrow, a unification official said, calling the incident “regrettable” and calling for “appropriate actions” from the North. The woman had been strolling by a beach when she wandered into the fenced-off area and was shot in the torso and thigh. The ministry “needs to confirm reports of whether the woman climbed the fence,” the official said.