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Moon accepts resignation of unification minister

Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul describes for reporters Wednesday his decision to step down.  [YONHAP]

Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul describes for reporters Wednesday his decision to step down. [YONHAP]

President Moon Jae-in on Friday accepted the resignation of Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul.  
 
“Moon approved the resignation of Unification Minister Kim around 10:40 a.m.,” Kang Min-seok, presidential spokesman, said in a text message to reporters. According to Kang, Moon had dinner with Kim on Thursday.  
 
The Blue House made no announcement of a successor to Kim on Friday. Vice Minister of Unification Suh Ho is expected to serve as acting head.  
 
Kim was appointed minister on April 8, 2019.
 
After North Korea demolished the inter-Korean liaison office in the Kaesong Industrial Complex on Tuesday, Kim announced Wednesday he was stepping down to take responsibility for the rapid deterioration in inter-Korean relations this month.
 
BY SER MYO-JA   [ser.myoja@joongang.co.kr]

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