May 28, 2023

Seoul denies funding for presidential office move due to North Korea tensions

Moon administration cites ‘security crisis’ as it rejects Yoon Suk-yeol’s proposal to relocate to defense ministry

Incoming South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol has hit a major roadblock in his plans to relocate the presidential office after the current Moon Jae-in administration denied funding for the move on Monday, citing escalating tensions with North Korea.

Yoon claims that the current residence, ensconced next to a mountain behind Seoul’s Gyeongbok Palace, is a legacy of the country’s “imperial” leadership and undermines communication with the people.