So, did President Roh give up the NLL to Kim Jong-il?

Well, that’s what the GNP Saenuri Party is saying:

Late President Roh Moo-hyun allegedly agreed with North Korea during his landmark inter-Korean summit in 2007 to nullify the U.S.-drawn de facto western sea border, a lawmaker claimed Monday.

“During the Oct. 3 South-North Korean summit in 2007, the late former President Roh Moo-hyun held one-on-one talks with late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il,” Saenuri Party lawmaker Chung Moon-hun said in a parliamentary audit of the Unification Ministry.

“Minutes of the undisclosed dialogue show Roh telling Kim Jong-il that the NLL is a headache. It was unilaterally drawn by the U.S. trying to win more territory,” Chung said.

A Saenuri Party lawmaker is calling for a special investigation into the claim as well as allegations that the Roh administration offered to give Pyongyang 100 trillion in won in aid.

Ordinarily, I’d say this was all BS aimed to discredit Moon Jae-in—who served in the Roh administration—and Ahn Cheol-soo—who has brought in a lot of Engagement Policy folk into his campaign—ahead of the presidential election. That said, the statement about the NLL does sound like something Roh would have said, so I won’t rule it out.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    I’m with you there. There’s no denying Roh was prone to say certain things, often whatever his audience wanted to hear, without concern for the consequences of his words. Astounding when you remember that he managed to pass the bar exam without even attending law school. Remember when told a group of troubled kids he spoke to that he also hated school?

    Besides that, it’s not the same as if he has signed an agreement. I’m sure if he had, North Korea would have already brought it up.

    No, if it’s true, it was just Roh being Roh, saying what he thought his audience wanted to hear without giving due consideration to what it might incur. I wouldn’t take any such comment any more seriously than that.

  • Hamilton

    “It was unilaterally drawn by the U.S. trying to win more territory,”

    err…no, that’s a fabulous attempt at revisionist history.

    It was the UNC CDR limiting how far North his Navy could travel to avoid inciting north Korea at the time.

    A north Korea that had no navy in 1953 since we sunk all their ships during the war.

    It was also drawn to allow easy access and protection for the YP-do and PY-do islands which the norks were never able to seize during the war and had South Korean citizens living on them as they do today.

  • cm

    I don’t know why there should be any investigation into this, when all you have to do is check back to the Korean TV news reports that reported Roh’s wishes to give the NLL up. I remember the news reports which caused a mini storm. This is not exactly new news.

  • thekorean

    When even Ye Olde Chosun confirms the story to be BS, this isn’t going anywhere.