President Moon Jae-in appointed three more Blue House advisers.
He also sent his condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier, the American who returned home in a coma after being detained in North Korea, dying just six days later.
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President Moon appointed two more subcabinet Blue House advisers.
First, he appointed Ambassador to Sweden Nam Kwan-pyo to second deputy director of the Blue House National Security Office.
The position of second deputy director in the National Security Office has been empty since earlier this month with the resignation of Yonsei University professor Kim Ki-jung.
Unusual for an incumbent diplomat, Second Deputy Director Nam worked at the office of the Secretary to the President for Civil Affairs during the Roh Moo-hyun administration.
In light of his past role as secretary of the Foreign Affairs and Security Bureau, it appears that he will aid the head of the National Security Department Jung Eui-yong and focus on preparing for the Korea-U.S. Summit.
Moon Mi-ok, national assemblywoman of the Minjoo Party, was appointed as adviser to the president for science and technology, which was newly built under the Blue House office.
While serving as head of the Planning and Policy Division of the Center for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology, adviser Moon made her entry into the National Assembly in last year’s elections as a proportional representation candidate.
Due to the National Assembly’s ban on holding more than one office she forfeited her position in the National Assembly, Former Ambassador to Germany Lee Soo-hyuk is to become the proportional representation candidate.
The Blue House also made a statement regarding American college student Otto Warmbier, who was released from detainment in North Korea but passed away soon after.
Spokesperson Park Soo-hyun stated, “President Moon expressed his sympathies upon hearing of the death and sent his condolences to Warmbier’s family.”
“In an interview with the foreign press yesterday, he expressed his doubt on whether proper humanitarian procedures were taken, whether Warmbier’s family was told about his conditions, and if he was given treatment,” she continued.
Park said that President Moon stated, “North Korea’s disrespect for human rights is deplorable.”
She also said that he added, “North Korea must return the people it is detaining to their families, and the government will do everything it can to make this happen.”
A speaker at the Blue House said “The president believes that expressing his sincere thoughts was the right thing to do,” and added, “It is still too early to say what kind of effect it will have on our policies on North Korea.”
Reporting from the Blue House.
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