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Moon distributes puppies of Pungsan dogs gifted by N.K. leader

Politics 20:53 August 30, 2019

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Yonhap) -- Six puppies of two dogs given to President Moon Jae-in by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a gift last year were distributed to local governments Friday, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

The North's leader gifted the pair of Pungsan-breed dogs, one male named Songkang and a female named Gomi, after their third summit in Pyongyang in September. Gomi gave birth to the six white puppies -- three male and three female -- in November.

"The six puppies Gomi gave birth to are having their last stroll at Cheong Wa Dae today and moving out to four local governments -- Seoul, Incheon, Daejeon and Gwangju," the presidential office announced on Twitter.

The Pungsan breed originates in a mountainous region of the North. They are known to be agile, clever and ferocious to beasts, but friendly and loyal to their human masters.

Along with Jindo dogs, bred from the southern island of Jindo in South Korea, the breed is considered one of the two most prized canine types on the Korean Peninsula.

President Moon Jae-in pats a puppy, one of six that his dog Gomi gave birth to last year, in the Nokjiwon Garden at the presidential office in Seoul on Aug. 30, 2019, in this photo provided by the office. The puppies were distributed to four local governments later in the day. Gomi is one of two Pungsan-breed dogs gifted to Moon by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their talks in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, in 2018. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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