The man’s brother rejected the claim as ‘fiction’ and accused the government of blaming him for failing to save his brother.
Seoul on Tuesday concluded the man, who had debts of gambling, swam against unfavorable currents with the help of a life jacket and a flotation device, indicating that he intended to re-settle in North Korea.
It is unclear whether this announcement will calm the growing tension between the two nations over the death of the man who last week offered a rare apology to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The officer, who has not been named, was aboard a government inspection ship when she went missing on 21 September and was killed the next day by North Korean soldiers.
South Korea’s senior Coastguard officer Yun Seong-hyun said in a television briefing on Tuesday that there was “very little chance” that the man could have fallen from the ship or tried to take his own life as he was wearing a life jacket when he Was found in North Korean waters.
Even then, tidal currents said that it would be extremely difficult for man to naturally drift in North Korean waters.
He also said that the man had expressed a desire to defect before his death, citing intelligence to North Korean authorities that the man’s name, age, height and hometown were as evidence of his communication with him is.
This way it did not expand. But some experts said he was referring to the interception of South Korea’s communications between North Korean officials.
Coast Guard officials have previously stated that the 47-year-old officer was a father of two with some debts. Yun said the loan won approximately 330 million ($ 282,240), 80 percent of which was from gambling.
The Coastguard said its assessment was based on an analysis of tidal currents in the area, before an officer on a government boat conducted an investigation into his financial transactions and a meeting with South Korean defense officials before his disappearance.
‘Unexpected and abusive’
Meanwhile, the officer’s elder brother Lee Rye-jin accused the South Korean government of trying to defect after failing to save him.
Lee told reporters on Tuesday that his brother was proud of his job as a public servant and never told of his desire to defect.
Lee said, “The government is hurriedly protecting my brother from North Korea’s infamy.”
Lee said he wants to retrieve his brother’s body and has sought cooperation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He said, “I want to ask Kim Jong Un why he killed my brother.”
Lee said his brother was likely to have fallen into the sea by accident. South Korea has accused North Korea of shooting her badly and burning her body.
North Korea admitted that its soldiers killed the officer because he refused to answer their questions and attempted to flee. It said that its soldiers only burned the man’s flotation device.
Kim offered a rare apology over the man’s death as an “unexpected and humiliating” killing of the officer, but his government has not confirmed that the person was trying to blame.
A South Korean defect is highly unusual for North Korea, although over 33,000 North Koreans have fled South Korea for political and economic reasons over the past 20 years.
South Korea has called for a joint investigation with the North over the shooting. Pyongyang has not yet responded to the request and said on Sunday that it will begin its own search for the body.
A major political firearms shooting has begun in South Korea, with conservative liberals carrying out fierce attacks on President Moon Jae-in, who has more ties to the North.