Jan. 12 (UPI) — A South Korean politician who’s working for mayor of Seoul mentioned he met with the household of a fisheries official who was shot and murdered in North Korea final 12 months.

Ahn Cheol-soo, 58, a center-right candidate with the minor opposition Individuals’s Occasion, mentioned in a Fb put up he met with the spouse of the slain official and their son in Busan, Newsis reported Tuesday.

In his assertion on the assembly, Ahn, a multimillionaire entrepreneur who can be a medical physician, mentioned he promised to “discover the reality” concerning the circumstances that led to the loss of life of the South Korean citizen within the North.

“I instructed them I’ll definitely discover out why [the South Korean government] let go of the loss of life of a citizen, and that I’ll maintain related individuals accountable,” Ahn mentioned.

“I’ll hold this promise, it doesn’t matter what occurs.”

In September, the North Korean navy fatally shot and burned the physique of the South Korean man, recognized as Lee Dae-jun by Human Rights Watch, close to the maritime border on the western coast of the peninsula.

Seoul has known as for a cooperative joint investigation with the North, however Pyongyang by no means replied to the provide. The 47-year-old South Korean sufferer’s brother, Lee Rae-jin, mentioned his sibling was a patriotic public servant and that the federal government was framing him with claims of defection.

On Tuesday, Ahn mentioned the son of the slain man was a junior in highschool who had written a letter to President Moon Jae-in, urging Moon “to guard his father’s honor.” Ahn mentioned the federal government has not stored its guarantees to the grieving household, and that the administration has “torn the hearts” of Lee’s household.

Ahn is the most well-liked candidate for mayor amongst all politicians, however with extra conservatives coming into the race, his rivals might price him the by-election, which is scheduled for April. Former Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon is contemplating a run, in keeping with CBS No Reduce Information on Tuesday.