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Yoon's PM pick points to closer South Korea-U.S. ties

Han Duck-soo, former envoy to Washington, seen as best U.S. expert of his time

South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, left, and his nominee for prime minister, Han Duck-soo, attend a news conference in Seoul on Sunday.   © AP

SEOUL -- South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has picked a Harvard-educated former ambassador to Washington as his first prime minister, sending the clearest message yet that his incoming government will move closer to the U.S.

Yoon announced on Sunday that he tapped career bureaucrat Han Duck-soo, 72, who served as prime minister from 2007 to 2008 under former President Roh Moo-hyun. Han was U.S. envoy between 2009 and 2012 in the Lee Myung-bak administration.

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