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Moon picks ex-National Security Office chief as foreign minister

Chung Eui-yong replaces Kang Kyung-wha as South Korea's top diplomat

South Korea's then-presidential national security director Chung Eui-yong, center, speaks to the media after returning from Panmunjom at the Inter-Korean Transit Office in Paju in June 2019.   © Reuters

SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-In picked Chung Eui-Yong, a former director of the National Security Office, as new foreign minister, the presidential office said Wednesday.

Chung will replace Kang Kyung-Wha, who has been the country's top diplomat since the start of the Moon administration.

As director of the National Security Office, Chung engaged in consultations with the United States and North Korea over the North's denuclearization and other diplomatic and security issues.

After serving as the director for three years until July, he became a special adviser to the president on foreign policy and national security, a post he still holds.

The latest personnel change comes as Democrat Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated as president of the United States.

South Korea last month replaced its chief nuclear envoy with Noh Kyu-Duk, secretary to the president for peace planning at the National Security Office.

Chung was a career diplomat before becoming a lawmaker and serving one term in the National Assembly from 2004 to 2008.

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