N.Koreans "regret" loss of South Korean lives: Carter

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean officials “regret” deaths caused by the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel in 2010 and from the shelling of a South Korean island, but did not apologize for either event, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Thursday.

“They expressed deep regret from the top levels of the military and the political side for the loss of life of those on the Cheonan and of the civilians who were killed on the Yeonpyeong island,” he told a press conference in Seoul after visiting Pyongyang.

The South has insisted that the North apologize for its actions, although the North denies it sank the naval vessel.

Reporting by Jack Kim; Writing by David Chance; Editing by Alex Richardson