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Moon mulling secretariat reshuffle: reports

By Choi He-suk
  • Published : Jan 4, 2019 - 14:10
  • Updated : Jan 4, 2019 - 14:10

South Korean Ambassador to China Noh Young-min may replace Im Jong-seok as President Moon Jae-in’s chief of staff in a presidential secretariat reshuffle some time before the Lunar New Year, local media reported Friday.

According to reports citing unnamed sources, Cheong Wa Dae is preparing for a reshuffle including a replacement of the chief of staff. 

South Korean Ambassador to China Noh Young-min (left), Ambassador to the US Cho Yoon-je (center) and former Minister of Culture and Tourism Jung Dong-chae. Yonhap

For the post of chief of staff, Noh is considered the most likely candidate, but South Korean Ambassador to the US Cho Yoon-je and former Minister of Culture and Tourism Jung Dong-chae have also been linked to the position.

Noh, a close associate of Moon, served three terms in the National Assembly and held a key post in the president’s election campaign in 2017.

Along with the chief of staff, Moon’s senior press secretary Yoon Young-chan and senior secretary for political affairs Han Byung-do are among those who could be replaced, according to news reports.

News reports citing unnamed sources have also raised possibility of replacing National Security Office chief Chung Eui-yong with National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon.

By Choi He-suk (cheesuk@heraldcorp.com)