President Moon Jae-in holds phone talks with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on July 28, 2020.
President Moon Jae-in has reportedly assured the leader of New Zealand that his government will handle a sexual harassment allegation involving a senior South Korean diplomat who was formerly based in Wellington.
A Cheong Wa Dae official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told reporters Wednesday that Moon spoke with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern the previous day and said Korean authorities would handle the matter after confirming facts.
Ardern was said to have raised the issue at the end of their 30-minute phone conversation.
The 2017 case has drawn public attention again in the wake of a recent news report in New Zealand about the Korean diplomat who was accused of behaving indecently against a local male staffer.
The diplomat left Wellington in 2018 and is now serving as consul general in another foreign country.
There has been little progress in a related probe by New Zealand's police despite a court-issued arrest warrant.
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