South Korea’s presidential workplace on Friday issued a rebuke to an opposition chief who accused it of “abetting the enemy” after a information report that Seoul had deliberate to construct a nuclear plant in North Korea.
Local broadcaster SBS unveiled a prosecution indictment itemizing greater than a dozen paperwork from the power ministry that prompt a beforehand unknown mission to arrange a nuclear plant in North Korea.
The paperwork had been amongst 530 recordsdata that prosecutors say the ministry had illegally deleted to hide that it had distorted feasibility research to close down a reactor in South Korea, the report stated.
Kim Chong-in, chief of the principle opposition People Power Party, referred to as the potential plan a “shocking and appalling act that abets the enemy”.
President Moon Jae-in’s spokesman, Kang Min-seok, accused Kim of constructing “irresponsible” remarks to stoke ideological strife and “deceive people” forward of a key by-election in April.
But he declined to remark when requested about whether or not such plans had existed, or whether or not Moon’s workplace had ordered the power ministry to delete the paperwork.
“Kim should take responsibility for his comment,” Kang advised a briefing, including the workplace would pursue authorized motion.
Prosecutors final month indicted three power ministry officers on costs of violating the Criminal Act by damaging public information following a state auditor investigation.
The authorities had determined in 2018 to decommission the South Korean reactor, the Wolsong No.1, sooner than scheduled citing the ministry feasibility research, in keeping with liberal President Moon’s pledge to section out nuclear energy, which the conservative opposition opposed.
Some of the recordsdata had been titled “A plan to build a nuclear plant in North Korea” and “Tasks for phased cooperation to establish electricity infrastructure in North Korea”, in line with the SBS report.
Others included lists of power specialists with expertise in inter-Korean financial initiatives, in addition to officers who had been dispatched to a failed worldwide consortium geared toward constructing two reactors within the reclusive North within the early 2000s.
At least six paperwork had been dated to May 2018, a month after Moon held his first summit with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un, SBS stated.
Reuters couldn’t confirm the listing and the person paperwork.
The prosecutors’ workplace was not reachable for remark.
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