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(LEAD) S. Korea names new ambassador to U.N.

All Headlines 15:02 October 07, 2016

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SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Yonhap) -- A senior South Korean foreign ministry official has been named the head of the country's mission to the United Nations, the ministry said Friday.

Cho Tae-yul, South Korea's second vice foreign minister, will replace Oh Joon as the chief of the South Korean mission to the international organization, the ministry said in a press release.

Cho, 61, started his diplomatic career in 1979 and served in diverse posts mostly dealing with global trade and multilateral affairs. He has served as vice foreign minister since March 2013.

His nomination comes as the U.N. Security Council is working on fresh sanctions on North Korea following its fifth nuclear test conducted earlier last month.

Cho is expected to begin his official duty as U.N. envoy either late this month or next month.

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