SEOUL: South Korea offered its condolences to North Korea over the deadly collapse of a Pyongyang apartment building that led to a rare apology from the secretive hardline state.
The Koreas have been locked in an escalating war or words lately over the origin of spy drones but both have still managed to send messages of condolence at times of tragedy.
Seoul’s Unification Ministry said it had sent its “deep condolences” to the North over last Tuesday’s collapse.
South Korean officials said the incident involved a 23-storey block in Pyongyang’s Pyongchon district, which housed almost 100 families.
On Sunday, senior North Korean officials apologised for the “unimaginable” accident at the apartment complex, which was still being built.
Seoul’s message was sent yesterday through a Red Cross channel which handles cross-border communications and comes a month after the North voiced its condolences over a ferry disaster in the South. — AFP