January 8, 2019 / 7:04 AM / 3 months ago

S.Korea's Moon replaces chief of staff with envoy to China

SEOUL, Jan 8 (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in replaced his chief of staff, who played a key role in improving ties with North Korea, with a longtime confidant on Tuesday as part of a shake-up aimed at raising approval ratings amid economic woes and a spy scandal.

Moon replaced Im Jong-seok with Noh Young-min, a former politician who has been serving as ambassador to China since October 2017, as the top presidential secretary, the Blue House said. (Reporting by Joyce Lee and Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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