May 15, 2017 10:18
President Moon Jae-in has named special envoys to the U.S., EU, China, Japan and Russia to bolster ties with the four major powers amid the escalating military threat from North Korea.
They are mostly stalwarts of the mainstream liberal camp.
A source on Sunday said Moon picked Cho Yoon-je, a professor at Sogang University, as special envoy to the European Union and Germany. Cho was ambassador to the U.K. during the Roh Moo-hyun administration.
Hong Seok-hyun, a former chairman of the Joongang Ilbo, becomes special envoy to the U.S., and former prime minister Lee Hae-chan special envoy to China.
Minjoo Party lawmaker Moon Hee-sang was selected as special envoy to Japan and Song Young-gil, also a lawmaker with the ruling party, as special envoy to Russia.
Moon spoke by phone with the heads of major countries shortly after being elected president. A ruling party official said, "The special envoys appear to have been chosen based on their ability to effectively convey the president's foreign affairs vision and policies."
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