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(LEAD) NIS decides to disclose records of 2007 summit with N. Korea

2013/06/24 16:40

SEOUL, June 24 (Yonhap) -- The National Intelligence Service decided Monday to declassify and disclose a 2007 inter-Korean summit transcript that reportedly confirms allegations that late former President Roh Moo-hyun made remarks seriously undermining the legitimacy of the western sea border with North Korea.

If made public, the summit "minutes" will lay bare discussions that Roh had with then North Korean leader Kim Jong-il during their meeting in Pyongyang, including whether the late liberal leader made the alleged remarks about the sea border, known as the Northern Limit Line.

The disclosure is expected to have deep political repercussions amid opposition claims that the spy agency is trying to divulge state secrets in an attempt to divert public outrage away from allegations that the agency attempted to influence December's presidential election.

The NIS said it decided to make the summit records public as controversy continues over Roh's alleged remarks, and both the ruling and opposition parties called for its disclosure. The agency said it will deliver the minutes to members of the parliamentary intelligence committee later Monday.

The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) strongly protested the spy agency's move.

"NIS (officials) visited the offices of DP members of the parliamentary intelligence committee this afternoon and tried to deliver the document," Rep. Jung Chung-rai, the chief DP lawmaker on the committee, said during a press briefing. "(We) refused to accept it."

   The document the DP has been wanting to disclose is the summit's original transcript, which is being kept at the presidential archives department of the National Archives of Korea, not the NIS copy that could have been "fabricated," he said.