SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in appointed Second Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun to be the first vice minister and promoted his trade affairs secretary, Lee Tae-ho, to succeed Cho as second vice minister, the presidential office announced Thursday.

Moon also named Korea Gas Corporation President Cheong Seung-il to be the first vice minister for industry, trade and energy and tapped senior industry ministry official Park Won-joo to head the Korean Intellectual Property Office, senior presidential secretary Yoon Young-chan said.

Cho Sei-young, a former senior foreign ministry official in charge of relations with Japan, was named to lead the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Yoon said. He also served as deputy chief of last year's task force to review the widely denounced 2015 deal with Tokyo to resolve the wartime sexual slavery issue.

"As a career diplomat, First Vice Foreign Minister Cho has a range of hands-on diplomatic experience. Based on his leadership and ability to get things done ... he is expected to strengthen innovation at the foreign ministry," Yoon said.

Yoon said that Second Vice Foreign Minister Lee is an economic and trade expert and is expected to smoothly handle economic and multilateral diplomatic issues based on a thorough understanding of pending diplomatic issues.

Source: Yonhap News Agency