South Korea’s Yoon chooses Park and Kwon as foreign and unification ministers

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In this photo provided by U.S. Forces Korea, South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk Yeol, center, speaks with South Korean and U.S. military officials during his visit to Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea , April 7, 2022. (US Forces Korea via AP)

SEOUL (Kyodo) — South Korea’s President-elect Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday appointed veteran lawmakers Park Jin and Kwon Young Se respectively as foreign minister and unification minister in his new administration to be launched on next month.

Park, a four-term lawmaker from Yoon’s People Power Party, is an expert on U.S.-Korean relations, the new leader told a press conference, adding that Park could “normalize foreign affairs (of South Korea). South) based on its rich experiences”. .”

Kwon, a close associate of Yoon, previously served as South Korea’s ambassador to China. “He is the right person to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula based on his expertise in unification and foreign affairs, as well as various experiences,” Yoon said.

The two were among eight people also appointed Cabinet members after Yoon appointed eight people on Sunday.

On Wednesday, Yoon also appointed Han Dong Hoon, the president-elect’s chief prosecutor and top confidant, as justice minister.

All candidates must go through parliamentary hearings and assume office after Yoon begins his presidency on May 10.

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