CRYP­TIC IN KOREA

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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.

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