August 11, 2017 11:22
Former Ambassador to Washington Lee Tae-sik is being tapped for a repeat run in the job by the Moon Jae-in administration, sources said Thursday.
President Moon is expected to officially announce his nomination, and will also name Noh Young-min as ambassador to China, government sources said.
An experienced diplomat, Lee has a wide range of personal connections in the U.S. He was vice foreign minister and ambassador to Washington during the Roh Moo-hyun administration but left the job in January 2009, a year after Lee Myung-bak was sworn in as president.
During the last presidential election, Lee Tae-sik assisted Moon as a member of a policy think tank. Cheong Wa Dae originally tapped politicians who share Moon's philosophy instead of career diplomats as ambassadors to the four major powers -- the U.S., China, Japan, and Russia. But the presidential office finally decided on Lee.
"The prevailing view at Cheong Wa Dae was that we need a person who is well versed in both U.S. affairs and diplomacy," a senior presidential official said.
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