North Korea on Sunday said it was looking for the body of a South Korean official killed by its troops, but warned that South Korean naval operations in the area threatened to escalate tensions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rarely apologized on Friday for the fatal shooting of a South Korean fisheries officer in North Korean waters.

Seoul then asked Pyongyang to continue investigating the fatal incident, suggesting that it could be a joint investigation on both sides.

The South Korean military has accused North Korean soldiers of killing the man, pouring fuel on his body and setting him on fire near the sea border.

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North Korea’s state news agency KCNA said on Sunday that authorities were considering ways to turn the body over to the south if found.

The report described it as gruesome incident that shouldn’t have happened, but warned that South Korean naval operations took place near the scene of the incident in North Korean waters.

A South Korean Ministry of Defense spokesman did not immediately comment on the allegations.

South Korea has mobilized 39 ships, including 16 naval vessels, and six aircrafts for the search, which continued on Sunday despite complaints from North Korea, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

North Korea is starting a search for on its own to find the body of the official according to KCNA.

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