October 01, 2018 12:49
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gave President Moon Jae-in a pair of Pungsan breed dogs as a gift, according to Cheong Wa Dae on Sunday.
The male, named Songkang, was born in November 2017 and the bitch, Gomi, in March 2017. Moon plans to keep them at his official residence. The Pungsan is a breed of hunting dog bred in in the Kaema highlands of North Korea.
The dogs arrived in the South through the truce village of Panmunjom along with 3kg of feed last Thursday and given a quarantine check before being moved to Cheong Wa Dae the same day.
Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said, "Kim and his wife Ri Sol-ju showed Moon and the first lady a picture of a pair of Pungsan dogs over dinner on Sept. 18 after their summit in Pyongyang and promised to send them."
It is not the first time that North Korea sent Pungsans as a gift. In June 2000, during the first inter-Korean summit, then North Korean leader Kim Jong-il also sent a pair to then President Kim Dae-jung.
Meanwhile, Moon and first lady Kim Jung-sook returned to Cheong Wa Dae on Sunday from a weekend stay at his private home in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, taking one day off on Friday to make it a long weekend.
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