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President-Elect Park Geun-Hye Designates
Yun Byung-Se as Her Foreign Minister

60-Year-Old Career Diplomat, Expert on N. Korean Nuke-Issue
Yun Byung-Se

The 60-year-old career diplomat Yun Byung-Se was designated as the minister of South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) by President-Elect Park Geun-Hye on Feb. 13, 2013.

Yun was picked up as the foreign minister while he has been been serving as a member of the Committee of Foreign Policy, Defence, and Unification Park’s Transition Committee.

The Foreign Minister-Designate Yun became acquainted with Madam Park in 2010 when he became a member of the Institute for Nation’s Future, a think tank founded by Park.

Yun served as a minister at South Korean mission in Geneva and as a minister at South Korean Embassy in Washington DC, and as the deputy minister before he retired from the ministry.

As a career diplomat Yun spent nearly a decade dealing with South Korea’s relations with the United States, and dealing with North Korea policy including nuclear issues. He also served as senior coordinator at the National Security Council (NSC).

Yun also coordinated a number of South Korea’s summit diplomacies with others. He played a pivotal role in realizing Korea's admission to the UN, and hosting the 3rd Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM) in the nation.

Yun is also a visiting professor at Sogang University’s Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS).

Yun was born in Seoul on August 8, 1953. He graduated from Kyeonggi High School and went on to Seoul National University (SNU) majoring a law.

He graduated from SNU’s College of Law and SNU’s Graduate School of Law. He earned master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Yun became a career diplomat in 1970 when he passed cut-throat high-level civil servant examination for diplomats.

He is happily married to his wife Mrs. Jung Eun-Young. They have one daughter between them.






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