Choi Jong-kun named vice foreign minister
President Moon Jae-in tapped Choi Jong-kun, a key presidential aide, as vice foreign minister Friday.
Choi served as secretary for peace planning in the Blue House’s national security office. He is known as one of the major players in Moon's drive for permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Choi, a former Yonsei University professor of political science and international studies, has expertise in the diplomatic and security fields, presidential spokesman Kang Min-seok said.
Choi is an official with experience related to diplomacy with the United States and denuclearization of North Korea, Kang added.
"He's expected to smoothly carry out the policy task of [realizing] 'dignified diplomacy leading international cooperation,'" the spokesman said.
Moon also nominated Lee Kang-seop, vice head of the Ministry of Government Legislation, to lead the ministry in a vice ministerial post.
The president also picked seven new vice ministerial officials.