The prosecutors investigating the missing 2007 inter-Korean summit transcripts on Tuesday filed for a warrant to search and seize presidential records.
The warrant application requests access to the e-Jiwon and PALMS systems at the National Archives. The e-Jiwon is an online system used by the presidential office during the Roh Moo-hyun administration, while PALMS is used by the National Archives to manage presidential records.
A prosecutorial investigation was launched last month after it was revealed that the National Archives did not have the transcript of the 2007 inter-Korean summit between late former President Roh Moo-hyun and deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
The ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition Democratic Party had searched for the transcript in an effort to settle the controversy surrounding allegations that Roh conceded the Northern Limit Line ― the de facto maritime border between the two Koreans ― during the meeting.
However, unable to locate the relevant records, the two parties engaged in a blame game, with each side pointing to the other and officials of past administrations ― the Roh and Lee Myung-bak administrations ― for the missing data.
By Choi He-suk (email@example.com