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Ministry of Foreign Affairs (South Korea)

South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is in charge of the country's foreign relations, as well as handling matters related to overseas Korean nationals. It was established on 17 July 1948.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
외교부
外交部
Oegyobu
Ministry of Foreign Affairs logo.png
Agency overview
Formed17 July 1948
JurisdictionGovernment of South Korea
Headquarters60, Sajik-ro 8-gil
Jongno-gu, Seoul
110-787, South Korea
37°34′25″N 126°58′30″E / 37.573568°N 126.975080°E / 37.573568; 126.975080Coordinates: 37°34′25″N 126°58′30″E / 37.573568°N 126.975080°E / 37.573568; 126.975080
Annual budgetKR₩1,520 billion (about US$646 million) (2010)[1]
Ministers responsible
  • Kang Kyung-wha, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Cho Hyun, 1st Vice Minister
  • Lee Taeho, 2nd Vice Minister
Child agencies
WebsiteMinistry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (English)

Its main office is located in the MOFA Building in Jongno District, Seoul.[2] The ministry previously had its headquarters in a facility in Doryeom-dong in Jongno District.[3]

HistoryEdit

In 1998, the ministry's name was changed to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT, 외교통상부), and it was given jurisdiction over external trade.[4] In 2013, it reverted to its earlier name of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the responsibility for trade matters was handed over to the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, which was renamed the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.[5]

OrganisationEdit

The minister is supported by two vice-ministers, vice-ministrial-level chancellor of Korea National Diplomatic Academy and Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs.

List of ministersEdit

  Denotes acting minister
No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Duration
(Years and days)
President
1   Chang Taek-sang
장택상
張澤相

(1893–1969)
15 August 1948 24 December 1948 131 days  
Rhee Syng-man
2   Yim Byeong-jik [ko]
임병직
林炳稷

(1893–1976)
25 December 1948 15 April 1951 2 years, 111 days
3   Byeon Yeong-tae
변영태
卞榮泰

(1892–1969)
16 April 1951 28 July 1955 4 years, 103 days
4   Jo Jeong-hwan [ko]
조정환
曺正煥

(1892–1967)
29 July 1955 21 December 1959 4 years, 145 days
  Choi Kyu-hah
최규하
崔圭夏

(1919–2006)
(acting)
22 December 1959 24 April 1960 124 days
5   Heo Jeong
허정
許政

(1896–1988)
25 April 1960 19 August 1960 116 days  
Yun Bo-seon
6   Jeong Il-hyeong [ko]
정일형
鄭一亨

(1904–1982)
23 August 1960 20 May 1961 270 days
7   Kim Hong-il
김홍일
金弘壹

(1898–1980)
21 May 1961 21 July 1961 61 days
8   Song Yo-chan
송요찬
宋堯讚

(1918–1980)
22 July 1961 10 October 1961 80 days
9   Choe Deok-sin
최덕신
崔德新

(1914–1989)
11 October 1961 15 March 1963 1 year, 155 days  
 
Park Chung-hee
(acting)
10   Kim Yong-shik
김용식
金溶植

(1913–1995)
16 March 1963 16 December 1963 275 days
11   Chung Il-kwon
정일권
丁一權

(1917–1994)
17 December 1963 24 July 1964 220 days  
Park Chung-hee
12   Lee Dong-won [ko]
이동원
李東元

(1926–2006)
25 July 1964 26 December 1966 2 years, 154 days
(11)   Chung Il-kwon
정일권
丁一權

(1917–1994)
27 December 1966 29 June 1967 184 days
13   Choi Kyu-hah
최규하
崔圭夏

(1919–2006)
30 June 1967 3 June 1971 3 years, 338 days
(10)   Kim Yong-shik
김용식
金溶植

(1913–1995)
4 June 1971 2 December 1973 2 years, 181 days
14   Kim Dong-jo [ko]
김동조
金東祚

(1918–2004)
3 December 1973 18 December 1975 2 years, 15 days
15   Park Dong-jin
박동진
朴東鎭

(1922–2013)
19 December 1975 1 September 1980 4 years, 257 days  
 
Choi Kyu-hah
16   Lho Shin-yong
노신영
盧信永

(born 1929)
2 September 1980 1 June 1982 1 year, 272 days  
Chun Doo-hwan
17   Lee Beom-seok
이범석
李範錫

(1925–1983)
2 June 1982 9 October 1983 1 year, 129 days
18   Lee Won-gyeong [ko]
이원경
李源京

(1922–2007)
15 October 1983 26 August 1986 2 years, 315 days
19   Choe Gwang-su [ko]
최광수
崔侊洙

(born 1935)
26 August 1986 5 December 1988 2 years, 101 days  
 
Roh Tae-woo
20   Choe Ho-jung [ko]
최호중
崔浩中

(1930–2015)
5 December 1988 27 December 1990 2 years, 22 days
21   Lee Sang-ok
이상옥
李相玉

(unknown)
27 December 1990 26 February 1993 2 years, 61 days
22   Han Sung-joo
한승주
韓昇洲

(born 1940)
26 February 1993 24 December 1994 1 year, 301 days  
Kim Young-sam
23   Gong Ro-myeong [ko]
공로명
孔魯明

(born 1932)
24 December 1994 7 November 1996 1 year, 319 days
24   Yu Jong-ha [ko]
유종하
柳宗夏

(born 1936)
7 November 1996 3 March 1998 1 year, 116 days
25   Park Jeong-su [ko]
박정수
朴定洙

(1932–2003)
3 March 1998 4 August 1998 154 days  
Kim Dae-jung
26   Hong Soon-young
홍순영
洪淳瑛

(1937–2014)
4 August 1998 14 January 2000 1 year, 163 days
27   Lee Jeong-bin [ko]
이정빈
李廷彬

(born 1937)
14 January 2000 26 March 2001 1 year, 71 days
28   Han Seung-soo
한승수
韓昇洙

(born 1936)
26 March 2001 4 February 2002 315 days
29   Choe Seong-hong [ko]
최성홍
崔成泓

(born 1938)
4 February 2002 27 February 2003 1 year, 23 days
30   Yoon Young-kwan
윤영관
尹永寬

(born 1951)
27 February 2003 17 January 2004 324 days  
Roh Moo-hyun
31   Ban Ki-moon
반기문
潘基文

(born 1944)
17 January 2004 10 November 2006 2 years, 297 days
32   Song Min-soon
송민순
宋旻淳

(born 1948)
10 November 2006 29 February 2008 1 year, 111 days
33   Yu Myung-hwan
유명환
柳明桓

(born 1948)
29 February 2008 4 September 2010 2 years, 188 days  
Lee Myung-bak
34   Kim Sung-hwan
김성환
金星煥

(born 1953)
8 October 2010 11 March 2013 2 years, 154 days
35   Yun Byung-se
윤병세
尹炳世

(born 1953)
11 March 2013 18 June 2017 4 years, 99 days  
Park Geun-hye
36   Kang Kyung-wha
강경화
康京和

(born 1955)
18 June 2017 Incumbent 2 years, 94 days  
Moon Jae-in

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade web page (Korean)". Archived from the original on 2008-04-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Location." (Archive) Ministry of Foreign Affairs (South Korea). Retrieved on January 1, 2014. "Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 60, Sajik-ro 8-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea (110-787)"
  3. ^ "Home" (English). () Ministry of Foreign Affairs (South Korea). February 28, 2009. Retrieved on January 1, 2014. "37 Sejongno (Doryeom-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-787, Republic of Korea"
  4. ^ About the Ministry: Organization: History, South Korea: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2007, archived from the original on 2010-12-06, retrieved 2010-03-12 Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "English names of government ministries finalized". Yonhap News. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-04-09.

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