July 03, 2013 11:22
Ruling and opposition party lawmakers agreed on Tuesday to disclose the full transcript of a 2007 inter-Korean summit containing the late president Roh Moo-hyun's controversial remarks on the western sea boundary with North Korea.
Lawmakers will negotiate further over who gets to see transcript and in what format. Some 257 out of a total 276 lawmakers in the National Assembly supported disclosing the transcript, 17 opposed it, and two abstained.
The transcript is kept in the National Archives of Korea as presidential records and requires a vote by at least two thirds of the National Assembly to disclose. The archives now have 10 days to comply.
The parties said they made their request to view the full transcript in order to "end controversy and dispute over what exactly Roh said about the sea border."
Last month, the National Intelligence Service let lawmakers view portions of the transcript, which threw new light on just how far Roh was willing to go in adjusting the so-called Northern Limit Line, which most conservatives consider sovereign.
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