Resignation from the post of Vice President… “Moral responsibility for leaking reporters’ travel schedule”

Office of the President “Sorry for Diplomatic Impoliteness”… Unprecedented vacancy of speaker and deputy speaker

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Han Ji-hoon = Vice Spokesman Lee Jae-myeong of the Presidential Office is said to have voluntarily resigned after taking responsibility for leaking President Yoon Seok-yeol’s foreign trip schedule.

A high-ranking official from the presidential office met with reporters on the 29th and said, “We regret that the tour provided to reporters (by the presidential office) was leaked to the outside, resulting in security risks and diplomatic disrespect.”

“The deputy spokesperson took moral responsibility for this and expressed his appreciation,” he said.

It is explained that the schedule on the site shared by reporters in the presidential office in connection with ‘President Yoon’s trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Switzerland’ on the 14th to the 21st has been leaked to’ r outside, and as a result, the deputy spokesperson resigned.

Deputy Speaker Lee, a former reporter for the Dong-A Ilbo, did not participate in the presidential campaign or the Presidential Transition Committee, but joined the presidential office late at the start of the Yoon Seok-yeol administration.

Spokesman Kang In-seon has been the de facto spokesperson since moving to the post of foreign public relations secretary and foreign spokesperson in September last year.

He came out as a ‘frontline defender’ when President Yoon was attacked by the opposition. Although he had a lot of trust among reporters, he also had a battle with reporters who asked pointed questions at every briefing.

When the debate about the ban on the presidential plane for reporters at MBC heated up, it was this deputy spokesperson who listed ’10 reasons why MBC is malicious’ in a written briefing paper.

With the resignation of this deputy spokesperson, an unprecedented situation was created where almost all of the positions of the presidential office spokesperson and the deputy spokesperson were vacant.

Deputy Speaker Cheon Hyo-jeong remains, but she is currently focusing on responding to fake news and promoting the media while holding the position of new deputy media secretary.

It is known that the process of appointing a new spokesperson is not speeding up.

Accordingly, for now, there is hope that Kim Eun-hye’s ‘three roles’ will be inevitable for now.

In the meantime, the president’s office plans to discuss follow-up measures related to this security incident.

A high-ranking official told reporters, “We plan to review measures to prevent it from happening from different angles.”

Lee Jae-myeong, Deputy Spokesperson in the Office of the President to provide information on pending issues

(Seoul = Yonhap News Correspondent Ahn Jung-won = Deputy Spokesman of the Presidential Office Lee Jae-myung briefing on pending issues such as the work report of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in Office’ The President in Yongsan, Seoul on the afternoon of the 4th, 2023.1.4 [대통령실통신사진기자단]

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