South Korea's new ambassador to the United States Lee Soo-hyuck arrived in Washington on Thursday, his office said, as the allies face a series of difficult issues, including North Korea and defense cost-sharing.
His inauguration ceremony will be held at the South Korean Embassy in Washington on Friday, and Lee is soon expected to present his credentials to US President Donald Trump, according to the embassy.
He was named the top envoy to the US by President Moon Jae-in in August and was formally appointed last week following US consent early this month.
Part of his first official schedule as ambassador will include a visit the memorial cemetery in Washington to pay tribute to late American veterans who fought in the 1950-53 Korean War. He then plans to meet with State Department officials and members of the Korea Caucus in Congress.