Former FM deputy Kim Sung-han named top security official

National Security Bureau Chief Candidate Kim Sung-han (Yonhap)

President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has appointed his close aide Kim Sung-han, who served as deputy foreign minister under the former Lee Myung-bak administration, to head the National Security Bureau in a new presidential office simplified.

“Candidate Kim Sung-han is an authority on foreign affairs and security, who served as the second vice minister of foreign affairs and trade, and possesses theoretical and policy-making capabilities,” it said. Yoon’s chief of staff, Chang Je-won, to the press. briefing on Sunday afternoon.

“We judged him to be the right person to act as a watchtower to protect the security of the nation and the people by actively responding to the security environment at home and abroad,” he said. -he declares.

Kim is the former student of President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s elementary school. Since Yoon stepped down as attorney general in March last year, Kim has served as his foreign and security adviser.

The candidate’s diplomatic position is based on the strong alliance between Korea and the United States. He is expected to focus his efforts on restoring the Korea-US alliance, which has been strained during President Moon Jae-in’s tenure. On the North Korean nuclear issue, he maintained the position that there will be no easing of sanctions before effective denuclearization. He is expected to continue forward-looking relations between Korea and Japan.

After the appointment was announced, he told reporters, “In terms of relations with North Korea, we will denuclearize (the North) from an equal standpoint rather than following it unconditionally,” adding, “We We will have principled inter-Korean relations. ”

As for the first deputy director of the National Security Bureau, Kim Tae-hyo, former presidential secretary for foreign strategy planning, was appointed. Shin In-ho, former presidential secretary for crisis management, was named second deputy director.

For the head of the security department, Kim Yong-hyun, former chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Ministry of National Defense, was appointed.

Chang said he expects Kim to play a key role in bringing Cheong Wa Dae back to the people for the first time in over 70 years at a historic moment. The new Yoon administration plans to move the presidential office from Cheong Wa Dae.

For the secretary posts, former vice minister of strategy and finance Choi Sang-mok was appointed economic secretary. Ahn Sang-hoon, a professor at Seoul National University, was appointed social affairs secretary. Former lawmaker Lee Jin-bok was nominated for political affairs and group vice president Hyosung Choi Young-bum was nominated for public affairs. Former lawmaker Kang Seung-kyu as chief civil society secretary. Kang In-sun, foreign media spokesperson for the Presidential Transitional Committee, was appointed spokesperson.

The new presidential office will be reorganized from the current “three offices and eight secretaries” to “two offices and five secretaries”. The new office will include secretarial and national security offices as well as economic, social, political, public relations and civil society secretaries.

The Moon administration’s policy director and three secretaries for civil affairs, employment and personnel affairs will be cut.

By Shin Ji-hye ([email protected])

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