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The new South Korean ambassador to the United States teased reporters at his first news conference when he hinted about a “readjustment” in U.S.Korean relations.
“As the Korean ambassador to the U.S., I will prioritize readjusting the South Korean-u.s. alliance,” Choi Young-jin told reporters in Seoul last week.
“An adjustment of the alliance is always needed as the status [and the] national and economic power of the two nations have continued to change.”
He declined to “elaborate further, including what sorts of adjustments are needed,” South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
Mr. Choi, a former deputy foreign minister and ambassador to the United Nations, is expected in Washington soon to replace Ambassador Han Duck-soo, who resigned last month in a surprise announcement.
Mr. Han, who served as prime minister from 2007 to 2008, had been expected to stay in Washington through the December presidential election.
However, he told friends privately that he intended to step down after Congress and the South Korean legislature approved a U.s.-south Korean free-trade deal last year.