Ministry of Foreign Affairs (South Korea)

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs

외교부
Oegyobu
Agency overview
Formed 17 July 1948
Jurisdiction Government of South Korea
Headquarters 60, Sajik-ro 8-gil
Jongno-gu, Seoul
110-787, South Korea
Annual budget KR₩1,520 billion (about US$646 million) (2010)[1]
Agency executives Yun Byung-se, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Kim Kyou-hyun, 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Cho Tae-yul, 2nd Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Child agencies Korea Foundation
Korea International Cooperation Agency
Overseas Korean Foundation
Website Official Ministry of Foreign Affairs website in Korean
Official Ministry of Foreign Affairs website in English

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.

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]

History[edit]

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]

List of ministers[edit]

Historical period No. Name Term
1st Republic 1 Jang Taek-sang (장택상) August 15, 1948 - December 24, 1948
2 Yim Byeong-sik (임병직) December 25, 1948 - 1951 April 15, 1951
3 Byeon Yeong-tae (변영태) April 16, 1951 - July 28, 1955
Deputy Jo Jeong-hwan (조정환) July 29, 1955 - December 31, 1956
4 Jo Jeong-hwan (조정환) December 31, 1956 - December 21, 1959
Probational Choe Gyu-ha (최규하) December 22, 1959 - April 24, 1960
2nd Republic 5 Heo Jeong (허정) April 25, 1960 - August 19, 1960
6 Jeong Il-hyeong (정일형) August 23, 1960 - May 20, 1961
3rd Republic 7 Gim Hong-il (김홍일) May 21, 1961 - July 21, 1961
8 Song Yo-chan (송요찬) July 22, 1961 - October 10, 1961
9 Choe Deok-sin (최덕신) October 11, 1961 - March 15, 1963
10 Kim Yong-sik (김용식) March 16, 1963 - December 16, 1963
11 Jeong Il-gwon (정일권) December 17, 1963 - July 24, 1964
12 Lee Dong-Won (이동원) July 25, 1964 - December 1966
13 Jeong Il-gwon (정일권) December 1966 - June 29, 1967
14 Choe Gyu-ha (최규하) June 30, 1967 - June 3, 1971
15 Kim Yong-sik (김용식) June 4, 1971 - December 2, 1973
4th Republic 16 Kim Dong-jo (김동조) December 3, 1973 - December 18, 1975
17 Bak Dong-jin (박동진) December 19, 1975 - September 1, 1980
5th Republic 18 Noh Sin-yeong (노신영) September 2, 1980 - June 1, 1982
19 Lee Beom-seok (이범석) June 2, 1982 - October 9, 1983
20 Lee Won-gyeong (이원경) October 15, 1983 - August 26, 1986
21 Choe Gwang-su (최광수) August 26, 1986 - December 5, 1988
6th Republic Roh TW 22 Choe Ho-jung (최호중) December 5, 1988 - December 27, 1990
23 Lee Sang-ok (이상옥) December 27, 1990 - February 26, 1993
Kim YS 24 Han Seung-ju (한승주) February 26, 1993 - December 24, 1994
25 Gong Ro-myeong (공로명) December 24, 1994 - November 7, 1996
26 Yu Jong-ha (유종하) November 7, 1996 - March 3, 1998
Kim DJ 27 Park Jeong-su (박정수) March 3, 1998 - August 4, 1998
28 Hong Soon-young (홍순영) August 4, 1998 - January 14, 2000
29 Lee Jeong-bin (이정빈) January 14, 2000 - March 26, 2001
30 Han Seung-su (한승수) March 26, 2001 - February 4, 2002
31 Choe Seong-hong (최성홍) February 4, 2002 - February 27, 2003
Roh MH 32 Yoon Young Kwan (윤영관) February 27, 2003 - January 17, 2004
33 Ban Ki-moon (반기문) January 17, 2004 - November 10, 2006
34 Song Min-sun (송민순) November 10, 2006 - February 29, 2008
Lee MB 35 Yu Myung-hwan (유명환) February 29, 2008 - September 8, 2010
36 Kim Sung-hwan (김성환) October 8, 2010 - February 24, 2013
Park GH 37 Yun Byung-se (윤병세) February 25, 2013 -

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade web page (Korean)". 
  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). (Archive) 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, retrieved 2010-03-12 
  5. ^ "English names of government ministries finalized". Yonhap News. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 

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