It was confirmed as a result of SBS coverage that the Presidential Archives of the Ministry of Public Administration and Security notified the bereaved family of a <Notice of Absence> yesterday (22nd) regarding the request for information disclosure filed by the bereaved family of Dae-Jun Lee, a 'person killed in the West Sea'.

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The Notice of Absence contains two reasons.

First, "I searched for 'general records' as much as possible, but the records do not exist" and "I cannot confirm the existence of 'records designated by the president' because reading is not allowed."

Presidential records are divided into general records and designated records, and the data related to this case are sealed as designated records that are restricted to access for up to 30 years.

In addition, I responded to the bereaved family to the effect that even the 'list' designated as presidential-designated records was designated as presidential-designated records, so it was impossible to search at all.

The Office of the President of the Archives has reviewed whether the information requested by the bereaved family can be released, but in the end there is no information available.

Lawyer Kim Ki-yoon, the legal representative of the bereaved family, said, "I have blocked it from even searching the list."

Earlier, on the 25th of last month, the bereaved family requested the disclosure of information from the head of the Presidential Archives.

The Moon Jae-in government was expected to contain key data to ascertain the facts, such as the specific background of its intention to defect to North Korea, but it was not disclosed in the end, and the bereaved family plans to take legal action such as an administrative lawsuit.