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(LEAD) Deputy FM appointed S. Korea's new ambassador to Malaysia

All Headlines 11:54 August 03, 2010

(ATTN: UPDATES with details of new envoy to Paraguay in last para)

SEOUL, Aug. 3 (Yonhap) -- Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Yong-joon was appointed South Korea's new ambassador to Malaysia in a reshuffle that also affected 13 other ambassadorial posts, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Lee, 53, is a career diplomat with about three decades of service in various posts, including South Korea's deputy nuclear negotiator from 2006-2007. His overseas posts include the United States, Thailand, Vietnam and France.

Lee has been the deputy minister since March 2008.

Former ambassador to Singapore Kim Joong-keun was appointed ambassador to India while Kim Young-seok, who served as the ministry's director-general for European affairs, was named ambassador to Italy, according to a ministry statement.

Choi Choong-joo, former consul general in Vancouver, took the post of ambassador to Pakistan, and Park Dong-sun, ambassador for international economic cooperation, was appointed ambassador to Finland. Deputy spokesman Choe Jong-hyun was named ambassador to Oman, the ministry said.

Other reshuffled posts include ambassadors to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Nicaragua, Honduras, Paraguay, Sudan and Yemen, and consuls general to New York, Nagoya, Vancouver, Sao Paulo and Dubai, the ministry said.

New ambassador to Paraguay Park Dong-won, now minister counselor at the embassy in Brazil, will be the only female head of a current South Korean diplomatic mission overseas, the ministry said.

Other female former heads of the country's diplomatic missions include Lee In-ho, who served as ambassador to Finland and Russia, and former ambassador to Tunisia Kim Kyung-im.


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