Two dogs gifted by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to former President Moon Jae-in have found a new home at a public zoo, Yonhap reports, citing South Korean officials.
According to Yonhap, Moon Jae In returned the dogs to the government early last month due to legal reasons and a lack of support from the government.
Yonhap quoted a Gwangju city government official as saying that the Presidential Archives requested that the Songkan and Gumi be transferred to the Uchi Zoo in Gwangju, 330 kilometers southwest of Seoul.
The North Korean leader unveiled two dogs, a male named Song Kang and a female named Gumi, both from the original North Korean Ponsan breed, after the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit in Pyongyang.
And Yonhap said that despite the presidential records law, the dogs should not have stayed with the former South Korean president after his retirement because they are legally listed in the presidential records and they were to be returned to the presidential records. . in principle, but the dogs remained with Moon after his presidency. However, due to the lack of livestock facilities and for animal welfare reasons, Moon decided to return the dogs to the state, arguing that the current administration is not amending the presidential decree. writes down a law enforcement decree allowing him to breed dogs with the necessary support, as promised by the government.
For its part, the zoo plans to place the dogs under special management to prevent issues like theft and allow limited numbers of them to be shown to visitors until an initial transition period, Yonhap said.