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Honduras withdraws designation of Korean-born envoy to Seoul

All Headlines 18:26 March 19, 2010

SEOUL, March 19 (Yonhap) -- Honduras has withdrawn its designation of a Korean-born woman as its new ambassador to South Korea after realizing belatedly that the country's law bans naturalized citizens from serving as envoys to their countries of origin, an official at Seoul's Foreign Ministry said Friday.

Last month, Honduras asked for South Korea's diplomatic consent after naming Kang Young-shin, 57, as ambassador to Seoul. But the Central American nation later found during a legal review that she is not eligible for the post, as she is a former South Korean citizen, the ministry official said.

Kang, 57, a graduate of a teachers' university in Seoul, worked as an elementary school teacher before moving to Honduras in 1977 when her husband, now deceased, took a position as a professor in the Central American nation.

She became a naturalized Honduran citizen in 1987.

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