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(LEAD) Moon names Chung Eui-yong as new foreign minister: Cheong Wa Dae

All News 11:02 January 20, 2021

(ATTN: UPDATES with more details from 3rd para)

SEOUL, Jan. 20 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in has picked Chung Eui-yong, former director of national security at Cheong Wa Dae, as his new foreign minister, Moon's office announced Wednesday.

He also nominated Hwang Hee, a ruling Democratic Party (DP) lawmaker, as culture minister and Kwon Chil-seung, another DP lawmaker, as SMEs and startups minister in a partial Cabinet reshuffle, according to Chung Man-ho, senior presidential secretary for public communication.

From left are Chung Eui-yong, named as foreign minister, Hwang Hee, tapped as culture minister, and Kwon Chil-seung, nominated as SMEs and startups minister, in a combination of photos provided by Cheong Wa Dae. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The nominees face confirmation hearings at the National Assembly, the dates of which have yet to be set.

If appointed, Chung will replace Kang Kyung-wha, who has served as Moon's first foreign minister.

Chung had worked as Moon's top security adviser for three years since the launch of the Moon administration in May 2017.

Hwang, a two-term lawmaker, previously worked at Cheong Wa Dae under the Roh Moo-hyun administration and has served as head of DP's public relations and the party's deputy floor leader.

Kwon, a two-term lawmaker, also has a career of serving at the presidential office. Kwon's nomination came as Minister Park Young-sun tendered her resignation in a bid to run in the April 7 by-election for Seoul mayorship.

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