Extop negotiator for N.K. talks named S. Korea’s envoy to U.S.

SEOUL, Rep. Lee Soohyuck of the ruling Democratic Party, tapped to be the new ambassador to the United States, is a retired career diplomat best known for his role in the sixparty talks on North Korea's nuclear program.

Lee, 70, served as South Korea's first chief delegate to sixparty talks involving the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia when the forum was launched in 2003 with the goal of resolving the North Korean nuclear issue.

Prior to that, he took part as one of the representatives for the fourparty dialogue on North Korea issues in 1997 and worked as a foreign affairs secretary to thenPresident Kim Daejung in 1999.

Lee, who entered the foreign service in 1975, also served as deputy foreign minister and later as deputy director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) under the government of former President Roh Moohyun.

He also served as ambassador to Yugoslavia in 2002 and Germany in 2005.

Lee began his political career in 2016 when he was a university professor after the thenopposition party chief, Moon Jaein, recruited him to spearhead the party's subcommittee in charge of peninsula and interKorean affairs.

He won his parliamentary proportional representation seat in 2017.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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