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DP Rep. Lee Named New Unification Minister

Write: 2020-07-03 15:39:52Update: 2020-07-03 17:04:34

DP Rep. Lee Named New Unification Minister

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Anchor: President Moon Jae-in has announced his nominees for the director of the National Intelligence Service and unification minister in the wake of strained inter-Korean ties. Former lawmaker Park Jie-won of the minor opposition Party for People's Livelihoods has been tapped as the new NIS chief while Rep. Lee In-young is nominated to lead the unification ministry. 
Kim Bum-soo has more. 

Report: President Moon Jae-in has nominated ruling Democratic Party Rep. Lee In-young as his new unification minister. 

Moon also picked former lawmaker Park Jie-won of the minor opposition Party for People's Livelihoods as the head of the National Intelligence Service(NIS). 

Presidential spokesperson Kang Min-seok on Friday announced the reshuffle in the wake of recent inter-Korean tension. 

[Sound bite: Presidential Spokesman Kang Min-seok (Korean/English translation)]
"Unification Minister-nominee Lee In-young is a fourth-term lawmaker who was a student democracy activist. He has ample experience and expertise in inter-Korean relations as the former chairman of the Democratic Party's inter-Korean relations and unification committee. Nominee Lee is the right person to take the lead in resolving stalled inter-Korean relations and find a breakthrough in restoring the cross-border trust with his field and parliamentary experience and expertise to eventually achieve the aim of inter-Korean reconciliation and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."  

The spokesman also highlighted NIS chief nominee Park's experience of carrying out the Sunshine Policy of engagement under the Kim Dae-jung administration.
 
[Sound bite: Presidential Spokesman Kang Min-seok (Korean/English translation)]
"NIS Director-nominee Park Jie-won is a four-term lawmaker who is able to issue clear and brief political messages and is well capable of intelligence analysis. He is also familiar with the work of the NIS as a three-term parliamentary intelligence committee member."  
"Nominee Park contributed much to the 2000 inter-Korean summit agreement, and has expertise in North Korea issues, providing advice to South-North issues under the incumbent government." 

The incumbent NIS chief Suh Hoon was named the new presidential national security adviser, replacing Ambassador Chung Eui-yong. 

Chung and former Presidential Chief of Staff Im Jong-seok will assist Moon as his new special advisers for foreign affairs.

The reshuffle comes after the resignation of Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul last month, who stepped down following North Korea's demolition of an inter-Korean liaison office.

The strained cross-border ties have sparked criticism that the Moon administration's foreign affairs, security and unification staff failed to make progress in inter-Korean and Washington-Pyongyang relations.
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.

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