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Moon Changes North Korean Minister After Collapse of Negotiations

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday named the architect of the Kaesong Industrial Complex as the new minister of North Korean affairs, saying he would continue to advocate for inter-Korean projects despite the failure of negotiations denuclearization between the United States and North Korea, Asian Review reported Friday.
The presidential Blue House said Moon had chosen Kim Yeon-chul, president of the Korean Institute for National Unification, as a candidate for the post of minister of unification as part of a cabinet reshuffle. The inauguration of Kim must be confirmed by the National Assembly.
“He is an expert in inter-Korean relations who has expertise and knowledge in inter-Korean economic projects and the issue of North Korean denuclearization,” said Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyum. “He is the right person to realize the new regime of the Korean Peninsula for the peaceful community.”
The appointment came a week after US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Kim Jong Un failed to reach an agreement on how to denuclearize the Korean peninsula at their second summit in Hanoi. Since then, North Korea has resumed the construction of its long-range missile test site, which has led Trump to say “very, very disappointed”.
The candidate for the position of 55-year-old unification minister played a key role in the creation of the Kaesong Industrial Complex in the early 2000s by acting as advisor to President Roh Moo-hyun and the Minister of Finance. Unification, Chung Dong-young. The Kaesong Complex is a joint project that combines the capital of the South with the workforce of the North.
According to experts, this appointment indicates that Moon continues to press for its policy of engagement with North Korea, seeking to be a mediator between Washington and Pyongyang.
“Moon has expressed its willingness to continue pursuing inter-Korean projects under the sanctions regime,” said Park Won-gon, professor of international relations at Handong Global University.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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