The North Korean rescue situation was discovered in a document that former President Moon Jae-in first received from the National Security Office of the Blue House that Lee Dae-joon, a public official who had gone missing in the West Sea, has been found in North Korean waters. Suh Hoon, the former head of the National Security Office, claims on the basis of this document that ‘if the North saved Mr Lee, it would try to return him through negotiations.’
‘How much effort did the government make to save the Mr. Lee’ was missing in one of the main issues in the Western Sea Incident, together with the details of Mr. Lee (whether a mistake or an attempt to defect to the North). Korea). Attention is focused on whether the content of the document that the prosecution could not secure will change in future investigations and trials.
Summarizing the coverage given to Kyunghyang Shinmun on the 7th, former boss Seo’s side questioned the suspect before his arrest (warrant review) held at the Seoul Central District Court on the 2nd around 6:00 pm on September 22, 2020, to former President Moon. in relation to the West Sea incident the exact documents reported were submitted. This is the first time that former President Moon received a report about the incident in the West Sea, before Lee Dae-joon, an official in the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, was killed.
The gist of the document is that information was found that the missing Mr Lee had been found in North Korean waters. The document also included conversations between North Koreans to the effect of “Leave him if he’s dead, save him if he’s alive.” It is assumed to be information based on special handling intelligence (SI).
Based on this document, Seo’s side argued that when Lee was first discovered, the circumstances of North Korea’s rescue were caught, and if Lee was rescued, he was deemed to be returned through repatriation negotiations. In this way, he protested against the prosecution’s claim, “Why didn’t you save Mr. Lee?”
The Audit and Inspection Board also noted a written report from the National Security Office on September 22, 2020 at 6:36 pm in the results of the audit last October as the first report former President Moon received regarding the West Sea incident. The Audit and Inspection Board said the report contained information that “during the search, it was assumed to be an accident at sea, and North Korea received information that the missing person was found at sea.” However, the Audit and Inspection Board could not secure the documents as they were designated as presidential records. This appears to be the reason why the North Korean rescue situation was not included in the audit results.
The prosecution is said to have responded with a confused response when Suh presented documents that had not been obtained during the arrest warrant review. This is because Public Investigation Division 1 of the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office (Chief Prosecutor Lee Hee-dong) searched the Presidential Archives for three months from last September and could not find this document. Seo’s side said, “The document in question is a copy obtained during the internal reporting process and is not an illegal document.”
During the arrest warrant review, prosecutors and former Chief Seo presented conflicting views on how Lee fell into the sea. The prosecution gave importance to the fact that Mr. Lee fell into the sea because of a ‘mistake’ based on the video showing how fast the sea water in Yeonpyeong Island flows. It is said that the Moon Jae-in administration made a hasty decision to defect to North Korea with some intention. Regarding this, Chief Jeon’s side refuted that he had confirmed the word ‘Wolbuk’ in the SI and assumed that it was North Korea considering various circumstances such as the weather and the structure of the ship. The fact that phrases from North Korea appear twice in OS has already been confirmed by the National Assembly’s Intelligence Committee.