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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Transcript from Kim Jong-il – Roh Moo-hyun Summit Is Missing

It seems like someone does not want the full transcript of what was discussed between former ROK President Roh Moo-hyun and Kim Jong-il to come out:

Although the prosecution cleared the Saenuri lawmaker and other government officials of making false accusations against Roh in February, the scandal showed no sign of ending.

The National Intelligence Service then declassified its copy of the transcribed dialogue and released it last month, but Democrats accused the spy agency of lacking political integrity and demanded to check the original record supposedly held at the National Archives.

To put an end to the scandal, the National Assembly approved an unprecedented sanction to allow 10 lawmakers from the Saenuri and Democratic parties to search the sealed presidential records at the archives. The lawmakers, however, had failed to locate the record as of yesterday evening.

Representatives Hwang Jin-ha and Cho Myung-chul of the Saenuri Party and Representatives Jeon Hae-cheol and Park Nam-choon of the Democratic Party visited the National Archives yesterday in Seongnam, Gyeonggi with four civilian experts. After a brief discussion on new search methods to be used, they began the hunt at about 2:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the lawmakers and experts conducted a five-hour search.

The lawmakers are scheduled to report to the National Assembly’s House Steering Committee today about the progress. The two parties agreed that a final search would take place this morning to conclude whether the National Archives has a record of the dialogue or not.

The Democratic Party, including its defeated presidential candidate Moon Jae-in, who served as Roh’s chief of staff at the time of the summit, insisted that the transcript, along with all other records of the Roh Blue House, were stored at the National Archives. [Joong Ang Ilbo]

You can read more at the link, but there must be something even more embarrassing than Roh offering to surrender South Korean territory to Kim Jong-il for them to be hiding the transcript like this?

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  • Steve Miller
    3:30 am on July 23rd, 2013 1

    That’s what I find so interesting about this whole mess. They’re focusing on the transcripts. Rep. Suh Sang-kee, chair of the parliamentary intelligence committee, says he has the actual audio and can release it (Yonhap News).

    Personally, I would have gone straight to the audio source in the first place to hear the actual conversation since both sides are bickering about what was written down from the conversation.


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