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Ex-South Korea President Plans To Give Up Dogs Gifted By Kim Jong Un

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Former #South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced on Monday that he intends to return a pair of canines that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gave as a gift following their 2018 summit, citing a lack of support from his replacement. After his stint as president ended in May, Moon took the two white Pungsan dogs he had nurtured and named “Gomi” and “Songgang” to his personal residence.

Despite the fact that Moon’s office claimed he was given caretakers of the canines after negotiations with the presidential archives and the interior ministry, the dogs are legally classified as state property and belong to the latter. This is an unprecedented choice, according to Moon’s office.

To make the transition easier, the agencies had asked for a legislative modification and budgetary backing. However, Moon’s office said that endeavor failed as a result of “unexplained opposition” from the Yoon Suk-your administration.

 “The presidential office seems to be negative toward entrusting the management of the Pungsan dogs to former President Moon,” Moon’s office said on Facebook. “If that’s the case, we can be cool about it, as such an entrustment is based on the goodwill of both sides … though ending it is regretful given they are companion animals he grew attached to.”

Yoon’s administration vehemently denied thwarting the action, claiming that the agencies are still in discussion and that it has no part to play.

There was discussion on whether to give Moon monthly subsidies totaling about 2.5 million won ($1,800), according to a previous article from the Chosun Ilbo daily, which cited anonymous government and parliamentary insiders. Requests for a response from the interior ministry, which is in charge of the presidential archives, were not immediately fulfilled.

The Ministry of Government Legislation hasn’t objected to the notion, according to a representative, and conversations are still ongoing.

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