The President’s Office “arbitrarily inflated” claims that 1 trillion was won for the relocation of the Yongsan Oval Office

Source: Yonhap News

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

The presidential office explained, “The 1 trillion won by the Democratic Party is arbitrarily inflated as it includes expenses incurred by each ministry according to their own needs, project costs promoted by the government Moon Jae-in, and construction costs for a small hotel that has already been withdrawn.”

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

They also argued that the relocation of the Yongsan US military base and the development of the park had been done 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 for intending to undermine the significance of the opening of the Blue House, saying that although former President Moon Jae-in had failed to keep the promise to return the Blue House to the people five years ago, the President said. Yoon Seok-yeol did it.

The Democratic Party’s ‘Fact-Finding Group on Doubts Concerning the Office of the President’ claimed today that the total cost of relocating the presidential office to Yongsan would exceed 1 trillion won, much higher than the 49.6 billion won issued by President Yoon during his time. in a job.

The presidential office believes that 49.6 billion won was spent on the direct cost of relocating the Oval Office, but the Democratic Party argues that it will be more than the 1 trillion won if all are counted indirect costs associated with the relocation of the Oval Office. .

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