Kim Seong-tae, former chairman of the Ssangbangbang Group, is known to have provided North Korea with a total of 8 million dollars and made a statement.

He also stated that this included the cost of Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myeong's visit to North Korea. 

Reporter Park Ha-jeong covered the story.


After being repatriated from Thailand, Kim Seong-tae, former chairman of Ssangbangwool Group, who has been under investigation for alleged embezzlement and remittance to North Korea after being repatriated from Thailand, was found to have stated in a recent prosecution investigation that he had delivered $8 million in total to North Korea.

At the time of former chairman Kim's arrest warrant request, the amount sent to North Korea was investigated at 5 million dollars, but it increased by 3 million dollars more than this.

It is also reported that the money handed over was the cost of supporting the designation of the North Korean farm as a smart farm by Gyeonggi-do and the improvement work, as well as the cost of visiting North Korea by Lee Jae-myeong, then governor of the Democratic Party.

In 2018, the North Korean side said to Ssangbangul, "Gyeonggi-do said that it would support to improve North Korea's underdeveloped farms into agricultural and forestry complex farms, so-called smart farms, but there is no support yet." "Please support 5 billion won instead." The prosecution is aware that the request was received, and former chairman Kim responded to it.

Lee Hwa-young, former vice governor of Gyeonggi-do, announced an exchange and cooperation project agreement with North Korea at the time, and also announced that then-governor Lee Jae-myung would visit North Korea within the year.

Based on former Chairman Kim's statement, the prosecution is intensively investigating the scale and background of remittances to North Korea.

Representative Lee Jae-myung denied the related content, saying that it seems that the prosecution's new novel has come out.