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Rep demands to see NIS’s transcript


왼쪽부터 김만복 국정원장, 권오규 경제부총리, 노 대통령, 이재정 통일부 장관, 백종천 청와대 안보실장. 뒤편은 조명균 청와대 외교안보정책조정비서관. 북한은 김정일 오른편의 김양건 노동당 통일전선부장 외에 다른 배석자가 없었다.

Representative Suh Sang-kee of the ruling Saenuri Party made an official request yesterday to Korea’s spy agency to give lawmakers access to a transcript of a secret meeting between late President Roh Moo-hyun and former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in 2007.

“As chairman of the National Assembly Intelligence Committee, I officially request that the National Intelligence Service allow [lawmakers] to view the 2007 dialogue to resolve suspicions people have,” Suh said yesterday in a press conference held at the National Assembly in Yeouido, western Seoul. “And if the NIS rejects the request, I will do everything I can with the power a lawmaker is given and make sure the dialogue is open for review.”



The National Intelligence Service confirmed Monday that it has a transcript of the secret meeting at the 2007 inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang. According to Suh, it wants ruling party and opposition lawmakers to come to an agreement before it will allow Intelligence Committee lawmakers to review the transcript.

Another Saenuri lawmaker, Chung Moon-hun, has made the bombshell allegation that Roh disavowed the Northern Limit Line, the disputed maritime boundary between North and South Korea, during the secret meeting with then-leader Kim at the summit.

The allegation has rocked the presidential race because the Democratic United Party’s candidate, Moon Jae-in, Roh’s chief of staff at the time, was the South’s chief organizer for the summit. Chung’s allegation portrays Roh and his allies as being pro-North Korea, even on such issues as the de facto maritime border.

Chung said the late South Korean president offered 100 trillion won ($90 billion) of food aid to the North, approved of Pyongyang’s nuclear arms programs and promised to move all U.S. troops out of the capital region.

Moon has said no transcripts exist.

Suh sent an official request for the document to the NIS yesterday under his name.

“The issue will be resolved simply if the NIS chief confirms whether or not former President Roh made such remarks [about the NLL] in front of the Intelligence Committee members of the ruling and opposition parties, but I don’t get why the DUP is opposing even reviewing the transcript,” said Park Sun-kyu, spokesman of ruling party presidential candidate Park Geun-hye’s campaign team, yesterday.

By Kim Jung-ha, Lee Eun-joo []

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