President’s Office “arbitrarily inflated claiming 1 trillion won for relocation of Yongsan Oval Office”

Source: Yonhap News

In response to the Democratic Party’s claim that the cost of the relocation of the presidential office to Yongsan exceeds 1 trillion won, the presidential office countered that it was “arbitrarily inflated.”

The presidential office explained, “The 1 trillion won claimed by the Democratic Party is arbitrarily inflated as it includes expenses incurred by each ministry according to their own needs, projects promoted by the Moon Jae-in government, and the cost of building a guesthouse that has already been withdrawn.”

In particular, the cost of relocating the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which accounted for the largest portion of the 1 trillion won, and the cost of a replacement site for the remaining US bases are not included in the budget, he said.

They also argued that the relocation of the Yongsan U.S. military base and the park development had been carried out since the Participation Government in 2004 and were not initiated by the Yun Seok-yeol administration or additional costs due to the relocation of the Oval Office.

Meanwhile, the presidential office criticized the Democratic Party as intending to undermine the significance of the opening of the Blue House, saying that although former President Moon Jae-in failed to keep the promise to return the Blue House to the people five years ago, President Yoon Seok-yeol did it.

The Democratic Party’s ‘Fact-Finding Group on Suspicions Related to the President’s Office’ claimed today that the total cost of the relocation of the presidential office to Yongsan would exceed 1 trillion won, greatly exceeding the 49.6 billion won announced by President Yoon during his time in office.

The presidential office is of the view that 49.6 billion won was spent on the direct cost of relocating the Oval Office, but the Democratic Party argues that it will exceed 1 trillion won if all the indirect costs related to the relocation of the Oval Office are calculated.

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