Ministry of Foreign Affairs (South Korea)

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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)

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]

Organisation[edit]

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

List of ministers[edit]

  Denotes acting minister
Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Duration President
1 Jang Taek.jpg Chang Taek-sang
장택상
張澤相

(1893–1969)
15 August 1948 24 December 1948 131 days Rhee Syng-Man in 1956.jpg
Rhee Syng-man
2 Emblem of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg Yim Byeong-jik [ko]
임병직
林炳稷

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

(1892–1969)
16 April 1951 28 July 1955 4 years, 103 days
4 Emblem of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg Jo Jeong-hwan [ko]
조정환
曺正煥

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

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

(1896–1988)
25 April 1960 19 August 1960 116 days Yun Posun 1.jpg
Yun Bo-seon
6 Cheong Il Hyeong.jpg Jeong Il-hyeong [ko]
정일형
鄭一亨

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

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

(1918–1980)
22 July 1961 10 October 1961 80 days
9 Emblem of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg Choe Deok-sin
최덕신
崔德新

(1914–1989)
11 October 1961 15 March 1963 1 year, 155 days
Park Chung-hee 1963's.png
Park Chung-hee
(acting)
10 김용식(외교관)circa1974.png Kim Yong-shik
김용식
金溶植

(1913–1995)
16 March 1963 16 December 1963 275 days
11 General Chung Il-kwon 02.jpg Chung Il-kwon
정일권
丁一權

(1917–1994)
17 December 1963 24 July 1964 220 days Park Chung-hee 1963's.png
Park Chung-hee
12 Lee Tong Won 1965-5-16.png Lee Dong-won [ko]
이동원
李東元

(1926–2006)
25 July 1964 26 December 1966 2 years, 154 days
(11) General Chung Il-kwon 02.jpg Chung Il-kwon
정일권
丁一權

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

(1919–2006)
30 June 1967 3 June 1971 3 years, 338 days
(10) 김용식(외교관)circa1974.png Kim Yong-shik
김용식
金溶植

(1913–1995)
4 June 1971 2 December 1973 2 years, 181 days
14 Emblem of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg Kim Dong-jo [ko]
김동조
金東祚

(1918–2004)
3 December 1973 18 December 1975 2 years, 15 days
15 박동진(1922년).png Park Dong-jin
박동진
朴東鎭

(1922–2013)
19 December 1975 1 September 1980 4 years, 257 days
Choi Kyu Ha.png
Choi Kyu-hah
16 Emblem of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg Lho Shin-yong
노신영
盧信永

(1930–2019)
2 September 1980 1 June 1982 1 year, 272 days Chun Doo-hwan.png
Chun Doo-hwan
17 Emblem of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg Lee Beom-seok
이범석
李範錫

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

(1922–2007)
15 October 1983 26 August 1986 2 years, 315 days
19 Emblem of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg Choe Gwang-su [ko]
최광수
崔侊洙

(born 1935)
26 August 1986 5 December 1988 2 years, 101 days
Roh Tae-woo - cropped, 1989-Mar-13.jpg
Roh Tae-woo
20 Emblem of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg Choe Ho-jung [ko]
최호중
崔浩中

(1930–2015)
5 December 1988 27 December 1990 2 years, 22 days
21 Emblem of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg Lee Sang-ok
이상옥
李相玉

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

(born 1940)
26 February 1993 24 December 1994 1 year, 301 days Kim Young Sam 1996.png
Kim Young-sam
23 Emblem of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg Gong Ro-myeong [ko]
공로명
孔魯明

(born 1932)
24 December 1994 7 November 1996 1 year, 319 days
24 Emblem of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg Yu Jong-ha [ko]
유종하
柳宗夏

(born 1936)
7 November 1996 3 March 1998 1 year, 116 days
25 Emblem of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg Park Jeong-su [ko]
박정수
朴定洙

(1932–2003)
3 March 1998 4 August 1998 154 days Kim Dae-jung (Cropped).png
Kim Dae-jung
26 Emblem of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg Hong Soon-young
홍순영
洪淳瑛

(1937–2014)
4 August 1998 14 January 2000 1 year, 163 days
27 Emblem of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg Lee Jeong-bin [ko]
이정빈
李廷彬

(born 1937)
14 January 2000 26 March 2001 1 year, 71 days
28 Han Seung-Soo - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009.jpg Han Seung-soo
한승수
韓昇洙

(born 1936)
26 March 2001 4 February 2002 315 days
29 Emblem of the Government of the Republic of Korea.svg Choe Seong-hong [ko]
최성홍
崔成泓

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

(born 1951)
27 February 2003 17 January 2004 324 days Roh Moo-hyun 3.jpg
Roh Moo-hyun
31 Ban Ki-moon February 2016.jpg Ban Ki-moon
반기문
潘基文

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

(born 1948)
10 November 2006 29 February 2008 1 year, 111 days
33 Yu Myung-hwan 080327-D-9880W-016 0ZFII.jpg Yu Myung-hwan
유명환
柳明桓

(born 1948)
29 February 2008 4 September 2010 2 years, 188 days Sebastián Piñera - Lee Myung-bak (cropped).jpg
Lee Myung-bak
34 Kim Sung Hwan-1.jpg Kim Sung-hwan
김성환
金星煥

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

(born 1953)
11 March 2013 18 June 2017 4 years, 99 days Park Geun-hye (cropped).jpg
Park Geun-hye
36 Kang Kyung-wha - 2017 (1IC1525) (cropped).jpg Kang Kyung-wha
강경화
康京和

(born 1955)
18 June 2017 Incumbent 2 years, 174 days Moon Jae-in 2017.jpg
Moon Jae-in

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade web page (Korean)". Archived from the original on 2008-04-28.
  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
  5. ^ "English names of government ministries finalized". Yonhap News. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-04-09.

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