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
Agency overview
Formed17 July 1948
JurisdictionGovernment of South Korea
Headquarters60, Sajik-ro 8-gil
Jongno-gu, Seoul
110-787, South Korea
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]

History

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

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

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

(1893–1969)
15 August 194824 December 1948 131 days
Rhee Syng-man
2 Yim Byeong-jik
임병직
林炳稷

(1893–1976)
25 December 194815 April 1951 2 years, 111 days
3 Byeon Yeong-tae
변영태
卞榮泰

(1892–1969)
16 April 195128 July 1955 4 years, 103 days
4 Jo Jeong-hwan
조정환
曺正煥

(1892–1967)
29 July 195521 December 1959 4 years, 145 days
Choi Kyu-hah
최규하
崔圭夏

(1919–2006)
(acting)
22 December 195924 April 1960 124 days
5 Heo Jeong
허정
許政

(1896–1988)
25 April 196019 August 1960 116 days
Yun Bo-seon
6 Jeong Il-hyeong
정일형
鄭一亨

(1904–1982)
23 August 196020 May 1961 270 days
7 Kim Hong-il
김홍일
金弘壹

(1898–1980)
21 May 196121 July 1961 61 days
8 Song Yo-chan
송요찬
宋堯讚

(1918–1980)
22 July 196110 October 1961 80 days
9 Choe Deok-sin
최덕신
崔德新

(1914–1989)
11 October 196115 March 1963 1 year, 155 days

Park Chung-hee
(acting)
10 Kim Yong-shik
김용식
金溶植

(1913–1995)
16 March 196316 December 1963 275 days
11 Chung Il-kwon
정일권
丁一權

(1917–1994)
17 December 196324 July 1964 220 days
Park Chung-hee
12 Lee Dong-won
이동원
李東元

(1926–2006)
25 July 196426 December 1966 2 years, 154 days
(11) Chung Il-kwon
정일권
丁一權

(1917–1994)
27 December 196629 June 1967 184 days
13 Choi Kyu-hah
최규하
崔圭夏

(1919–2006)
30 June 19673 June 1971 3 years, 338 days
(10) Kim Yong-shik
김용식
金溶植

(1913–1995)
4 June 19712 December 1973 2 years, 181 days
14 Kim Dong-jo
김동조
金東祚

(1918–2004)
3 December 197318 December 1975 2 years, 15 days
15 Park Dong-jin
박동진
朴東鎭

(1922–2013)
19 December 19751 September 1980 4 years, 257 days

Choi Kyu-hah
16 Lho Shin-yong
노신영
盧信永

(1930–2019)
2 September 19801 June 1982 1 year, 272 days
Chun Doo-hwan
17 Lee Beom-seok
이범석
李範錫

(1925–1983)
2 June 19829 October 1983 1 year, 129 days
18 Lee Won-gyeong
이원경
李源京

(1922–2007)
15 October 198326 August 1986 2 years, 315 days
19 Choe Gwang-su
최광수
崔侊洙

(born 1935)
26 August 19865 December 1988 2 years, 101 days

Roh Tae-woo
20 Choe Ho-jung
최호중
崔浩中

(1930–2015)
5 December 198827 December 1990 2 years, 22 days
21 Lee Sang-ok
이상옥
李相玉

(unknown)
27 December 199026 February 1993 2 years, 61 days
22 Han Sung-joo
한승주
韓昇洲

(born 1940)
26 February 199324 December 1994 1 year, 301 days
Kim Young-sam
23 Gong Ro-myeong
공로명
孔魯明

(born 1932)
24 December 19947 November 1996 1 year, 319 days
24 Yu Jong-ha
유종하
柳宗夏

(born 1936)
7 November 19963 March 1998 1 year, 116 days
25 Park Jeong-su
박정수
朴定洙

(1932–2003)
3 March 19984 August 1998 154 days
Kim Dae-jung
26 Hong Soon-young
홍순영
洪淳瑛

(1937–2014)
4 August 199814 January 2000 1 year, 163 days
27 Lee Jeong-bin
이정빈
李廷彬

(born 1937)
14 January 200026 March 2001 1 year, 71 days
28 Han Seung-soo
한승수
韓昇洙

(born 1936)
26 March 20014 February 2002 315 days
29 Choe Seong-hong
최성홍
崔成泓

(born 1938)
4 February 200227 February 2003 1 year, 23 days
30 Yoon Young-kwan
윤영관
尹永寬

(born 1951)
27 February 200317 January 2004 324 days
Roh Moo-hyun
31 Ban Ki-moon
반기문
潘基文

(born 1944)
17 January 200410 November 2006 2 years, 297 days
32 Song Min-soon
송민순
宋旻淳

(born 1948)
10 November 200629 February 2008 1 year, 111 days
33 Yu Myung-hwan
유명환
柳明桓

(born 1948)
29 February 20084 September 2010 2 years, 188 days
Lee Myung-bak
34 Kim Sung-hwan
김성환
金星煥

(born 1953)
8 October 201011 March 2013 2 years, 154 days
35 Yun Byung-se
윤병세
尹炳世

(born 1953)
11 March 201318 June 2017 4 years, 99 days
Park Geun-hye
36 Kang Kyung-wha
강경화
康京和

(born 1955)
18 June 2017Incumbent 2 years, 179 days
Moon Jae-in

See also

References

  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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