Cho Tae-yong Named Ambassador to U.S.

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    May 18, 2022 08:50

    Cho Tae-yong /News1
    President Yoon Suk-yeol Tuesday appointed former Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yong as Korea's new ambassador to the U.S. 
    The appointment comes as Yoon places renewed priority on the alliance with Washington. Cho has also served as Seoul's top nuclear envoy. 
    Yoon also named Peck Kyong-ran of Sungkyunkwan University as the new chief of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. Peck was a member of the presidential transition team and replaces Jeong Eun-kyeong, who earned broad respect for her handling of the early stage of the coronavirus pandemic. 
    He also pushed ahead with appointing two more ministers to his Cabinet -- close aide Han Dong-hoon as Justice Minister and former lawmaker Kim Hyun-sook as Minister of Gender Equality and Family. 
    Yoon exercised his presidential prerogative to appoint them after the National Assembly, which is dominated by the opposition Minjoo Party tried to block his appointment. 
    The Minjoo Party condemned the move, citing lack of a bipartisan consensus. 
    But Yoon is still reviewing whether to appoint Chung Ho-young as health minister over the heads of parliament after his confirmation hearing revealed irregularities in his past.
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