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Minjoo urges Saenuri to end attack on liberal presidential hopeful

2016/10/18 10:42

SEOUL, Oct. 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea on Tuesday urged the ruling party to halt its attacks on a key liberal presidential contender surrounding allegations that he had undisclosed contact with Pyongyang.

A memoir by a former foreign minister recently claimed Seoul abstained from the 2007 U.N. resolution on North Korea's human rights after hearing Pyongyang's opinion, and that Moon Jae-in, former head of the Minjoo, was involved in the process.

Moon was serving as chief of staff to then-President Roh Moo-hyun at the time.

"The book is extremely supportive of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and remains negative in every part that Moon is mentioned," said Rep. Kim Kyung-soo of Minjoo, who is considered a spokesperson of Moon.

During an interview with MBC Radio, Kim said the book failed to provide accurate facts, adding the writer should have consulted with others before the publication. Kim added Saenuri's attack on Moon is merely intended to hide problems facing the government.

On Monday, Moon said he cannot remember details of the circumstances that took place in 2007, further sparking the controversy.

Moon Jae-in, former head of the Minjoo Party of Korea (Yonhap) Moon Jae-in, former head of the Minjoo Party of Korea (Yonhap)