“At least 1 trillion won in relocation costs to Yongsan”… Presidential office “arbitrarily inflated”

When the Democratic Party of Korea announced that the relocation of the presidential office to Yongsan would cost 1.79 trillion won (US$1.79 billion) in the National Assembly next month, the presidential office countered that the Democratic Party was making unilateral claims.

At a meeting on the 30th, the head of the investigation team for the investigation into the facts related to the presidential office in preparation for state audit and investigation by the Democratic Party of Korea, Han Byung-do, announced that he would select the four major allegations and 20 tasks related to the presidential office to investigate the facts.

Director Han suggested that the four major suspicions related to the presidential office were ▲ relocation of the presidential office and opening of the Blue House ▲ selection of a site for the official residence and receiving preferential orders ▲ private hiring of employees of the presidential office ▲ ability to perform other duties.

In addition, estimating poor relocation costs and using additional costs, new guesthouse construction, security and traffic control due to commuting from home in Seocho-dong, chain transfer to the foreign minister’s residence, and controversy over the relocation of the presidential residence were selected as tasks.

Regarding the cost of the relocation of the presidential office, he estimated that the minimum cost of relocating the presidential office would be about 1.79,487 billion won, as a result of the fact-finding team analysis, in addition to the 49.6 billion won previously announced by President Yoon Seok-yeol.

Specifically, he mentioned 36,851 billion won of reserve and budget use and exclusive use, 153.919 billion won of each ministry’s budget reflecting the 2023 budget, 41.117 billion won of which is expected to be included in the 2024 budget, and 798 billion won of possible future expenses such as relocation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. .

In addition, he raised the possibility of an increase in cost, saying, “In addition to the budgets found by the National Defense Commission, the Culture and Culture Commission, the Ministry of Public Administration and Security, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Management Commission, the Land and Foreign Affairs Commission, the Intelligence Commission can come up with any hidden budget.”

“The government is hiding and secretly using a huge budget due to the unreasonable relocation of the presidential office while demanding that the people tighten their belts,” said Han. urged

He also emphasized, “Through a state audit, we will reveal the reality of the cost of the relocation of the Yoon Seok-yeol government’s presidential office, and thoroughly prevent wastage of blood tax through a thorough review in the next year’s budget review process,” he said.

◆Presidential Office “Relocation to Yongsan U.S. Base, Promotion from the Participatory Government”

The presidential office refuted the Democratic Party’s claim in a notice this afternoon.

The presidential office spokesperson said, “The 1 trillion won that the Democratic Party claims to be the cost of the transfer is ▲ cost incurred by each department according to their own needs ▲ the cost of projects promoted by the Moon Jae-in government ▲ the cost of building a national guesthouse that has already been withdrawn ▲ It is not included in the budget It includes the cost of an alternative site for the remaining U.S. bases, the cost of relocating the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the maintenance and management of existing facilities,” he said.

The spokesperson’s office said, “It is arbitrarily inflated.” “For example, among the defense-related budget that accounts for the largest portion of Article 1, the ‘cost of relocation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’ and ‘cost of replacement site for the remaining US bases’ are not included in the budget, but are calculated. It is a one-sided claim that has no basis.”

He also emphasized that the 48.34 billion won required for the relocation of the Yongsan US base and the park has been “promoted since the Participatory Government in 2004.”

“The false claim of the Democrats that all costs related to the Yongsan relocation are all relocation costs can only be viewed as an intention to undermine the significance of the promise to the public of opening the Blue House,” he said.


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