No decision on replacing finance minister: Cheong Wa Dae

SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in has made no decision on whether to replace the finance minister and the chief presidential economic policy adviser, his spokesman said Thursday.

Sources have told Yonhap that Cheong Wa Dae is vetting Hong Nam-ki, chief of the Office for Government Policy Coordination, as a possible candidate to succeed Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon. The office is also reportedly considering replacing Jang Ha-sung, presidential chief of staff for policy.

"There is nothing I can say about personnel issues," presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said at a briefing in response to questions about media reports that Moon will be replacing the two top economic policymakers.

"Decisions on personnel affairs rest solely with the president," Kim said. "The president has not made up his mind, and no decision has been made."

Kim and Jang have displayed sharp differences over how to handle the economy, with Kim voicing a need to alter the existing "income-driven" growth policy, and Jang insisting on sticking to the distribution-centered policy.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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