SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- South Korean prosecutors said Wednesday that a 2007 inter-Korean summit transcript was deleted from the presidential electronic system of document management, boosting speculation over the late South Korean President Roh Moo- hyun's order to destroy the records.
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said that it spotted traces of the 2007 north-south summit minutes being deleted from "E-jiwon," or the electronic documentation management system under the Roh administration from 2003 to 2008.
As with other presidential records, the transcript should have been transferred to the National Archives of Korea, but the minutes were found solely on "Bongha E-jiwon," or the electronic system of documentation run by Roh's residence at Bongha Village in Gimhae around 450 km south of Seoul.
The minutes, which transcribe the 2007 inter-Korean summit talks between Roh and Kim Jong-il, then leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), raised controversy in South Korea after the ruling Saenuri Party claimed that Roh made remarks of giving up the western sea border during the dialogue.
The so-called Northern Limit Line (NLL) has never been recognized by the DPRK as the maritime demarcation line between the two Koreas was drawn unilaterally by the U.S.-led UN Command after the 1950-53 Korean War.
An official at the presidential office said on the condition of anonymity that the disappearance of presidential records would shake national discipline, noting that Cheongwadae will monitor results of the prosecution's further investigation.
Around 30 officials, who participated in the management of presidential records under the Roh government, will be summoned by the prosecution for questioning.