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Moon's campaign unveils memos to counter claims he kowtowed to North

All Headlines 17:22 April 23, 2017

SEOUL, April 23 (Yonhap) -- Presidential front-runner Moon Jae-in's campaign unveiled former presidential aides' memos Sunday to counter claims that Seoul abstained from a U.N. vote against North Korea after consulting Pyongyang in 2007 when he served as a top presidential aide.

The three documents indicated Seoul had decided not to join the vote on the U.N. resolution on North Korea's human rights violations in consideration of impoving inter-Korean ties, and later notify Pyongyang of the decision.

The memos showed that the decision was made by then-President Roh Moo-hyun on Nov. 16 that year and the notification was made Nov. 19.

Moon's campaign officials called on his conservative rivals and a former foreign minister to stop unfounded allegations about the issue.

Song Min-soon, the top diplomat, alleged in a memoir in October Seoul officials consulted North Korea before the U.N, vote.

After the controversy resurfaced during a presidential debate last week and Moon flatly denied it, Song disclosed his memo on Friday to back up the claim.

His disclosure offered new munitions to Moon's rivals. They lambasted the liberal Democratic Party candidate for kowtowing to the North and called into question his credentials as a potential commander-in-chief.

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