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South Korea Names China Diplomat to Steer Kim Jong Il Policy

South Korea’s President Lee Myung Bak put a former ambassador to China in charge of North Korean affairs, in a move that may signal an easing of policies toward Kim Jong Il’s regime before next year’s elections.

Yu Woo Ik takes over from Hyun In Taek as Unification Minister, Lee’s office said in a statement yesterday. Hyun helped implement the harder stance toward North Korea that Lee promised when elected in 2008, and was vilified by state-run Korea Central News Agency as a “traitor” and inventor of “the confrontation policy.”