January 25, 2021

South Korea taps think tank head to serve as new unification minister: Blue House

Kim Yeon-chul previously expressed skepticism about sanctions, support for Kaesong reopening

South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a major cabinet reshuffle Friday dismissed Minister of Unification Cho Myoung-gyon, nominating the current chairman of a government-funded think tank as his replacement.

Kim Yeon-chul, the current president of the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), was chosen for his “specialty and insight in inter-Korean economic cooperation and the North Korean nuclear issue," a presidential spokesperson said.