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FM Kang's daughter regains Korean citizenship

All Headlines 10:37 July 03, 2018

SEOUL, July 3 (Yonhap) -- A daughter of South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has regained Korean citizenship before a process to renounce her American nationality, authorities announced Tuesday.

The Ministry of Justice included Kang's oldest daughter in the list of those permitted to recover Korean nationality, according to a public notice.

Kang's office said her daughter will soon start procedures to relinquish her U.S. citizenship, which are expected to take six months to a year.

Kang's daughter, who was born in 1984 and grew up in the United States, chose to become American in 2006, when she was 22.

Her nationality triggered a political controversy when Kang was nominated to be Seoul's top diplomat last year.

During the National Assembly's confirmation hearing, Kang said she expected her daughter to give up her U.S. citizenship to switch to Korean.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in a file photo. (Yonhap)

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