Two South Korean presidents are engaged in an ugly custody battle over a pair of dogs given by North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un
· Nov 9, 2022 ·

Here in America we have all sorts of crazy parliamentary fears: That Donald Trump won't leave office after his term is up, say, or that Joe Biden will nod off and accidentally plunk his head down on the nuke button and end life on Earth as we know it.

In South Korea, meanwhile, they have...well, this;

The two white Pungsan hunting dogs, Gomi and Songgang, were presented to then-South Korean President Moon Jae-in by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at peace talks in 2018.

The dogs have lived with Moon ever since, including after he was succeeded as President by Yoon Suk Yeol in May – even though they are legally owned by the state.

On Monday, Moon's office said in a statement that he was turning the dogs over to the Presidential Archives, accusing President Yoon of blocking a discussion to provide a legal basis for the former president to keep them.

"Unlike the Presidential Archives and the Ministry of Interior, Presidential Office seems to be against leaving care of the Pungsan dogs to former President Moon," the statement from Moon's office said.

Ice cold stuff from President Moon there.

Yoon, meanwhile, strongly denies the allegations canine contempt:

President Yoon, who already has four dogs and three cats, denied blocking Moon from keeping the dogs in a statement from his office Monday, saying discussions between relevant ministries were ongoing.

"It is not true that former President Moon Jae-in tried to come up with a basis for raising the Pungsan dogs but the presidential office objected," the statement said.

Wow, dude has seven pets already? And he wants more? How many does he intend to collect??

I hope the two presidents sort this out amicably. If they're not careful they might send the country plunging into several hours of rancorous debate!

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