The dogs given to South Korea by Kim Jong-un are at the center of a political dispute South Korea
Former South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said he plans to scrap a pair of dogs sent as a gift by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after the 2018 summit, citing his successor’s lack of support.
Moon has raised white poungsan dogs named Gomi and Songgang since their arrival and took them to his private residence after his term ended in May.
The dogs are legally classified as government property belonging to the presidential archives, but Moon’s office said he was entrusted with their guardianship in an unprecedented decision after consultations with the archives and interior ministry.
The agencies had sought a legislative change to facilitate the move, including financial support. But those efforts failed due to “inexplicable opposition” from the administration of incumbent President Yoon Suk-yeol, Moon’s office said.
“The Office of the President appears to be reluctant to entrust the management of Pungsan Dogs to former President Moon,” Moon’s office said on Facebook.
“If that’s the case, we can take it cool because such a trust is based on the goodwill of both parties… though it’s a sad ending because they’re the companion animals he’s bonded with.”
Yoon’s office denied the move failed, saying the agencies were still discussing the situation and that it did not play a role.
The Chosun Ilbo daily reported earlier on Monday, citing unnamed government and parliament officials, that there had been debate over whether to give Moon 2.5 million won (£1,565) a month in subsidies.
The Interior Department, which oversees presidential archives, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
A government law ministry official said they were not opposed to the idea and discussions were ongoing.
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