Rep. Park, ex-Vice FM Cho seen as top FM candidates: sources


SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) — Rep. Park Jin of the main opposition People Power Party is a candidate for the new government’s post of foreign minister, alongside former vice minister of foreign affairs. Foreign Affairs Cho Tae-yong, sources said on Monday.

Park and Cho, who is also a PPP lawmaker, are in the United States this week as part of a delegation sent by President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol.

If one is appointed foreign minister, the other could be chosen as the next ambassador to the United States, the sources say.

Kim Sung-han, a former vice foreign minister who currently heads the transition team’s foreign affairs subcommittee, is seen as the likely candidate for Yoon’s first national security adviser, while Kim Chun-sig, a former vice unification minister, is mentioned as a strong candidate for the post of unification minister, overseeing relations with North Korea.

Potential candidates for defense minister include former army chief of staff Kim Yong-woo and others who helped Yoon’s campaign.

On the economic policy side, PPP representative Choo Kyung-ho, a former economic official, became the top contender for the post of deputy prime minister in charge of economic affairs, who also serves as finance minister.

Choo currently leads the transition team’s planning and coordination committee.

The appointments are expected to be announced in the coming days to allow time for the parliamentary confirmation process before the launch of the new administration on May 10.

In his first cabinet appointment, Yoon named former prime minister Han Duck-soo as his first prime minister on Sunday.


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