FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrives forward of the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/File Picture
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Moon Jae-in tapped a seasoned former diplomat as his new ambassador to Washington on Friday as South Korea steps up efforts to attach with the Trump administration on points corresponding to North Korea, protection prices and commerce.
Moon tapped Lee Soo-hyuck, a veteran diplomat who was South Korea’s chief negotiator at six-party disarmament talks between 2003 and 2005, a former deputy overseas minister and first deputy director of the Nationwide Intelligence Service.
Lee, 70, represents a extra typical alternative after Moon first supplied the place to Moon Chung-in, the president’s particular adviser on overseas affairs and nationwide safety, South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo and media reported on Friday.
Moon Chung-in, a frequent political commentator whose positions have been typically seen to mirror the administration’s pondering, declined the submit, media reported.
Lee, who additionally served as South Korea’s ambassador to Germany in 2005, was recruited to Moon’s staff in 2016 forward of his marketing campaign for president and is at present a lawmaker within the ruling celebration.
The submit is essential to U.S. and South Korean relations because the allies face North Korea’s frequent missile launches amid stalled denuclearization talks and U.S.-South Korea army workouts.
U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned on Wednesday discussions had begun to get South Korea to pay extra for the price of sustaining U.S. troops within the area to protect in opposition to any risk from North Korea.
South Korea has additionally tried to interact with U.S. officers over its commerce row with Japan.
Reporting by Joyce Lee; Enhancing by Paul Tait