This combo photo shows US President Donald Trump (left) and the Republic of Korea's President Moon Jae-in. (PHOTOS / AP and AFP)
SEOUL – The Republic of Korea (ROK)'s foreign ministry on Thursday fired a diplomat who leaked the classified content of phone conversations between ROK President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump earlier this month.
The lawmaker from the main opposition Liberty Korea Party disclosed the detailed description of the conversation, classified as a level-3 secret, at a press conference
The ministry's disciplinary committee meeting was held earlier in the day, deciding to fire the diplomat at the ROK embassy in Washington, according to local media reports.
The diplomat leaked the detail of the confidential Moon-Trump phone conversation to Khang Hyo-shang, a lawmaker of the main conservative opposition Liberty Korea Party.
Khang disclosed the detailed description of the conversation, classified as a level-3 secret, at a press conference.
President Moon bluntly criticized the lawmaker and the opposition party for using the diplomatic secret as a source of political fights during the cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Trump would visit Seoul late June on his trip to Asia to attend the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Osaka, Japan, according to the ROK presidential Blue House.
HONG KONG NEWS