Though North Korea did not apologize for the flood that killed South Koreans, its expression of regret is seen as a good sign on the path toward dialogue.
North Korea said Wednesday it regretted the deadly flood caused by the sudden release of water from a dam on the border last month, another positive sign from the North on a road toward dialogue littered with mixed signals.
South Korea had demanded an apology and explanation for the Sept. 6 flash flood on the Imjin River that killed six South Koreans, caused when the North released millions of tons of water from the Hwanggang Dam north of the border without warning. The sudden flood swept away South Koreans who were camping or fishing downstream.
The Korea Herald reports the North expressed regret for the flood Wednesday and paid condolences to the victims' families, explaining officials had opened the dam's gates because of an emergency, "to prevent a bigger catastrophe."