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Moon replaces NTS head, 2 other ministers

May 29,2019
Kim Oe-sook, left, the newly-appointed senior presidential secretary for personnel affairs, ascends the podium at the press room of the Blue House on Tuesday while the outgoing secretary, Cho Hyun-ock, right, descends from the podium. [JOINT PRESS CORPS]
President Moon Jae-in replaced three vice ministerial officials Tuesday, including the state tax office chief, as he enters his third year in office.

Kim Hyun-jun, head of the National Tax Service (NTS) Seoul Regional Office, has been promoted to the post of NTS commissioner.

Moon also tapped Kim Hyeong-yeon, a former judge who now serves as presidential secretary for legal affairs, to succeed Kim and lead the ministry.

He appointed Kim Oe-sook, minister of government legislation, as senior presidential secretary for personnel affairs.

The new secretary, a former lawyer, told reporters, “I know how important personnel affairs are and how heavy the responsibility is.”

She said she would do her best for “fair and reasonable” personnel management. The outgoing secretary, Cho Hyun-ock, admitted that there were “some appointments” of top government officials that did not meet public standards.

The Blue House is seeking to improve the screening and other personnel management procedures.