North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has apologised for the killing of a South Korean official, according to the South's presidential office.
Kim reportedly told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that the incident should not have happened, reports BBC.
South Korea has said the 47-year-old man was allegedly trying to defect to North Korea when he was found by troops floating in the North's waters.
He was then shot dead and his body was set alight, according to Seoul.
The border between the Koreas is tightly policed, and the North is thought to have a "shoot-to-kill" policy in place to prevent coronavirus from entering the country.