President’s Office, “It’s not true” to the report on the suspicion of ‘robot dog contract’ with the sponsor company

The Presidential Office Building in Yongsan, Seoul. yunhap news

On the 23rd, the Office of the President announced on the 23rd that it was “clearly different from the facts” regarding the media report on the suspicion that there was preferential treatment in the lease contract of the dog-shaped bodyguard robot (robot dog) of the Presidential Security Service.

In a press announcement on the same day, the Office of the President said, “From June 10 to 26, before the lease contract was signed, both companies that commercialized the robot dog participated in the performance evaluation and went through rigorous verification by a performance test and verification group including external experts.” did. “As a result of the performance evaluation, the US Ghost Robotics Technology product showed better performance, and all we signed was a contract with a company with domestic sales rights,” he emphasized.

Previously, the Hankyoreh Newspaper reported that based on what the Presidential Security Service explained to the office of the Democratic Party of Korea along with Jeon Yong-gi, a company where Mr. Seo, who is a director, paid 10 million won for the presidential election to President Yoon Seok-yeol, signed a lease contract for a robot dog worth a total of 18 million won through a private contract. reported that The rental period is for three months from last September, and the media also reported that the Seo couple had been invited to the inauguration ceremony of President Yoon in May in the name of President Yoon’s wife, Kim Kun-hee.

Regarding the relationship between Mr. Seo and President Yoon, the Office of the President insisted that “the bodyguards did not know at all which political party the director of the domestic distribution company had paid and whether or not he was invited to the inauguration ceremony” and “there was no influence on the contract process.” In particular, he said, “Just because you signed a lease contract for three months does not lead to a purchase contract.

The president’s office added, “We express our strong regret for raising the suspicion of preferential treatment without any grounds.”

Reporter Kim Dong-hwan [email protected]

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