Han Duck-soo

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Han Duck-soo
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34th Prime Minister of South Korea
In office
2 April 2007 – 29 February 2008
PresidentRoh Moo-hyun
Lee Myung-bak
Preceded byHan Myeong-sook
Succeeded byHan Seung-soo
In office
14 March 2006 – 19 April 2006
PresidentRoh Moo-hyun
Preceded byLee Hae-chan
Succeeded byHan Myeong-sook
South Korean Ambassador to the United States
In office
March 2009 – March 2013
Preceded byLee Tae-sik
Succeeded byChoi Young-jin
Personal details
Born (1949-06-18) 18 June 1949 (age 69)
Jeonju, North Jeolla, South Korea)
Alma materHarvard University
Seoul National University
Han Duck-soo
Revised RomanizationHan Deok-su
McCune–ReischauerHan Tŏk-su

Han Duck-soo (; born 18 June 1949) was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) from 2007 until February 2008. He served as Chairman of the Korea International Trade Association from 2012 to 2015.[1][2]

Han holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University (1984) and a B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University (1971). His career spans over 35 years, starting at the National Tax Service in 1970 and the Economic Planning Board four years later. In 1982, he moved to what is now the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, where he rose to Vice Minister in 1997-1998, during the Asian financial crisis; he later became Minister of Trade Affairs (1998–2000), handling trade negotiations with foreign governments.

Han subsequently became Minister of Finance[3] and served as Acting Prime Minister from 14 March 2006 to 19 April 2006.[4] He resigned as Finance Minister in July 2006 and instead became a special presidential advisor for free trade agreement affairs.[3]

On 9 March 2007, Han was nominated as Prime Minister by President Roh Moo-hyun following the resignation of Han Myeong-sook.[3][5] His nomination was approved by the National Assembly on 2 April 2007.[5]

On February 2009, he was appointed to the ambassador to the United States. In March 2013 he was replaced by Choi Young-jin.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Former Chairmen of the Korea International Trade Association".
  2. ^ "Former Prime Minister Han Duk-soo Appointed as the Next KITA Chairman".
  3. ^ a b c "S. Korean president nominates new PM", Xinhua (People's Daily Online), 9 March 2007.
  4. ^ "Han Duck-Soo New Rok Pm-Designate". 9 March 2007.
  5. ^ a b "New S.Korean PM nomination approved by National Assembly", Xinhua (People's Daily Online), 2 April 2007.
Political offices
Preceded by
Kwon O-kyu
Prime Minister of South Korea
Succeeded by
Han Seung-soo
Preceded by
Lee Hae-chan
Prime Minister of South Korea

Succeeded by
Han Myeong-sook
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Yang Soo-gil
Ambassador of Republic of Korea to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Succeeded by
Lee Kyung-tae
Preceded by
Lee Tae-sik
Ambassador of Republic of Korea to United States
Succeeded by
Choi Young-jin