Korean official admitted to 1987 jet bombing: Report

North Korea has consistently denied masterminding the bombing of a South jet.

Last Updated: Oct 04, 2010, 16:12 PM IST

Seoul: A high-level North Korean official virtually acknowledged during an informal meeting in Beijing several years ago that Pyongyang was behind the 1987 fatal bombing of a South Korean passenger jet, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday night, quoting a South Korean official.

The report, monitored in Seoul, quoted the Foreign Ministry official as saying that Ri Gun, director general of US affairs for the North`s Foreign Ministry, made the remarks during an informal meeting three or four years ago with South Korean officials in Beijing, where six-party denuclearisation talks were underway.

The remarks from the North Korean official came in an accidental manner, the South Korean official said, according to the report.

The South Korean official, who requested anonymity, quoted Ri as saying, "We`ve never performed (an act of) terror since the KAL incident," the report said. KAL refers to Korean Air Lines.

The meeting was also attended by the North`s then Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan and other North Korean officials, the report said.

North Korea has consistently denied masterminding the bombing of the KAL jetliner on November 29, 1987, which killed all 115 passengers and crew members on board.

PTI