Conference and Military Reforms
First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Lim Sung-nam, who continues to remain in office even after the change of administration, which is unprecedented, is considered to be a leading strategist in not only diplomacy with the U.S. and China, but also in North Korean nuclear affairs.
Appointing the key figure in national security during the Roh Moo-hyun administration to Vice Minister of National Defense foreshadows a powerful reformation in national security.
Jeong In-yong has more.
Vice Minister Lim Sung-nam, who was appointed as Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in October two years ago, is actually a member of the previous administration.
The diplomacy sector's majority opinion on the reason for the Moon Jae-in administration calling on him to remain at his post is because of the administration's high regard for his excellent performance on the job.
Vice Minister Lim, who served as an advisor at the Korean Embassy in the U.S., Officer of the ROK-US Security Cooperation Division, and diplomatic minister at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in China, is considered outstanding in his expertise not only in diplomacy with the U.S. but also with China.
He was appointed as head of the North Korean Nuclear Affairs Bureau in 2007 when the Six-Party Talks were most active and led administrative work for the North Korean nuclear negotiations.
There are some observations that the continuance of Vice Minister Lim's post is to pave the way for the Korea-U.S. Summit Conference scheduled for the end of this month.
Chief Researcher at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses Suh Choo-suk, appointed as Vice Minister of National Defense, previously headed strategic planning at the National Security Council during the Roh Moo-hyun administration. He is also a national security expert who was chief secretary for Unification Diplomacy and Security Policies.
Considering the fact that he emphasized independent diplomacy and led the Participatory Administration's national defense reform, he is expected to drive national defense reforms in the future as well.
Vice Minister Suh's article that argued along the lines of there being a "risk of constitutional violation in claims that the northern limit line is the marine territorial limit" back in 2007 became a subject of political controversy, which resulted in him stepping down from his position at the Korean Institute for Defense Analyses.
Aside from this, the appointment of Kim Yong-soo, who was a standing member of the Korea Communications Commission appointed by the authority of Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn in April to the Second Vice Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, is also being considered to be the result of choosing candidates with expertise.
Jeong In-yong reporting for Yonhap News TV.
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