North Korea’s ‘peace’ dogs spark political controversy in South Korea

North Korea’s ‘peace’ dogs spark political controversy in South Korea

North Korea’s ‘peace’ dogs spark political controversy in South Korea


Seoul, South Korea
CNN:

A pair of dogs that gave away North Korea They are at the center of a political row in South Korea after the country’s former president announced he was abandoning them due to his successor’s apparent lack of legal and financial support for animal care.

Two white pungsan hounds, Gomi and SonggangThen-South Korean President Moon Jae-in was introduced by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during peace talks in 2018.

The dogs have lived with Moon ever since, including after Yoon Suk-yeol succeeded him as president in May, even though they are legally owned by the state.

On Monday, Moon’s office said he was handing over the dogs to the Presidential Archives, accusing President Yoon of blocking the debate to provide a legal basis for the former president to keep them.

“Unlike the Presidential Archives and the Ministry of the Interior, the Office of the President appears to be opposed to leaving the care of the Pungsan dogs to former President Moon,” Moon’s office said in a statement.

“Looking at the latest media publications, the presidential office does not have a good will for a simple solution to this issue. Are they hoping to put the blame on Moon? Or because they feel responsible for these pets. We are appalled to see the malice of the current administration on such a minor issue.”

North Korea’s ‘peace’ dogs spark political controversy in South Korea

The Ministry of Home Affairs and Security confirmed that the government is in talks with Moon to provide 2.5 million won ($1,800) in monthly subsidies for the animals.

President Yun, who already has four dogs and three cats, denied in a statement from his office on Monday that he had blocked Moon for keeping the dogs, saying discussions between relevant ministries were ongoing.

“It is not true that former President Moon Jae-in tried to find a basis to raise pungsan dogs, but the presidential office objected,” the statement said.

Dogs have historically been a symbol of cooling ties between the Koreas. In 2000, Kim Jong Il gave Kim Dae Jung two poongsan puppies named Uri and Dur. South Korea’s Leader Gives Two Chindo Dogs Peace and Reunification



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