September 26, 2020

South Korea’s new unification minister: Big deal?

Like Ryoo Kihl-jae, Hong Yong-pyo will struggle to make much progress

South Korea has a new Minister of Unification (MOU), or soon will have. President Park Geun-hye, whose ratings have fallen to 29 percent this year, carried out a mini-reshuffle last week.

Picking personnel isn’t Park’s strong suit. Last year she failed to replace her prime minister, after two nominees withdrew rather than confront challenges about their ethics or suitability.