The former South Korean president is set to give up a pair of dogs given to him by Kim Jong Un, citing a lack of support for his successor.
Moon Jae-in has adopted two white Pungsan dogs named Gomi and Songgang, which were given to him by the North Korean leader after their 2018 summit.
He took them to his own home after his term ended in May.
The dogs are legally classified as state property in the presidential archives, but Mr Moon’s office said he was assigned as their caretaker in consultation with the archives and the interior ministry. .
The agencies have been working on a legal amendment to facilitate the move, including financial assistance.
But that move failed due to “unexplained objections” from incumbent President Yoon Suk-yeol’s administration, Moon’s office said.
“The president’s office appears to be negative about handing over management of the Pungsan dogs to former President Moon,” Moon’s office said on Facebook.
“If that’s the case, we can stay calm about it, since such a commitment is based on the goodwill of both parties… though the ending is regretful as they are companion animals that we cannot see. he’s attached.”
Mr. Yoon’s office said agencies were still discussing the situation and it had not played a role.
The Chosun Ilbo daily, citing unnamed parliamentary and government officials, reported earlier that there was debate over whether to provide Mr Moon with a monthly allowance totaling around £1,600. or not.
The Interior Department, which oversees the presidential archives, did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.