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South Korea's Yoon taps U.S. alliance champion as foreign minister

Park Jin also advocates stronger relations with Tokyo

 South Korean and American flags fly next to each other at Yongin, South Korea.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has nominated Park Jin to serve as foreign minister, selecting a staunch believer in the U.S. alliance who has expressed a flexible stance toward Japan.

"Based on his extensive experience, [Park] will normalize South Korean diplomacy that has fallen into stagnation, and I expect that he will contribute to transforming South Korea into a global nation that will live up to its responsibilities in the international community," Yoon said at a news conference Wednesday, where he discussed appointees for eight cabinet positions.

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