S.Korea President Yoon names national security adviser, senior secretaries, 4 others as his office

S.Korea President Yoon names national security adviser, senior secretaries, 4 others as his office

President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol speaks at the National Assembly Library in Seoul, South Korea on March 10, 2022. PHOTO XINHUA SEOUL South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was named his national security adviser, five senior secretaries and four other members of the presidential office, according to Yoon's presidential transition team.

Yoon, who is going to take office on May 10, nominated Kim Sung-han, a former foreign minister who is currently leading the foreign affairs and security subcommittee of the transition team, as the top presidential security adviser.

Kim Tae-hyo, who served as presidential secretary on national security strategy between 2008 and 2012, was appointed as the first deputy national security adviser, while former presidential crisis management officer Shin In-ho was tapped as second deputy national security adviser.

Yoon has picked Kim Yong-hyun, the former operations director at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as chief executive of the presidential security service.

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Choi Sang-mok, former vice finance minister, was named as senior economic secretary, while former lawmaker Lee Jin-bok was chosen as senior political secretary.

Ahn Sang-hoon, a professor of social welfare at Seoul National University, was nominated as senior social secretary, while former lawmaker Kang Seung-kyoo was tapped as senior civil society secretary.

The presidential office will consist of five senior secretaries and two offices, including those of the presidential chief of staff and national security adviser.

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It will be downsized from the current eight senior secretaries and three offices.

Yoon named Kim Dae-ki, a former presidential chief of staff for policy, as his first chief of staff in April.