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  • Ambassador of Republic of Korea in the United Kingdom
  • Vice Minister, Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade
  • Deputy Chief of Mission at the Korean Embassy in Beijing
  • Director-General of MOFAT’s North Korean Nuclear Affairs Bureau. At the same time, he represented South Korea at the Six-Party Talks as deputy head of its delegation
  • He has also served as Political Counselor in Taiwan, and as a Korean delegate to the United Nations, where he dealt with Middle East issues, including Iraq, at the UN Security Council.

Ddiplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) of the Republic of Korea. Much of his 27-year career has focused on the relationship between South Korea-United States and, more recently, on the North Korean nuclear issue.

During the recent tensions with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, he served as Director-General of MOFAT’s North Korean Nuclear Affairs Bureau. At the same time, he represented South Korea at the Six-Party Talks as deputy head of its delegation, with rank of ambassador. Besides his role as negotiator, he also chaired the Working Group for Economy and Energy Cooperation, which developed the quid pro quo assistance for North Korea’s denuclearization measures.

Ambassador Lim has held several key posts relating to the United States. As Assistant Secretary to the President for National Security Strategy (his second assignment as presidential advisor), he played a crucial role in quelling the tumult between Seoul and Washington in 2006.

He has also served as Political Counselor in Taiwan, and as a Korean delegate to the United Nations, where he dealt with Middle East issues, including Iraq, at the UN Security Council.

Ambassador Lim earned a BA and an MA in international relations from Seoul National University. He also earned an AM in political science from Government Department of Harvard University, where he passed his comprehensive examinations but has not completed his dissertation requirement for the Ph.D degree. He is currently a Visiting Research Scholar at the Graduate School of Law and Politics of the University of Tokyo, on paid sabbatical from MOFAT.

Besides Korean and English, he speaks Chinese and Japanese. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing golf and visiting museums.

Vice Minister, Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Ambassador Sungnam Lim is a diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) of the Republic of Korea. Much of his 27-year career has focused on the relationship between South Korea-United States and, more recently, on the North Korean nuclear issue.

Ambassador Lim is currently Deputy Chief of Mission at the Korean Embassy in Beijing.

During the recent tensions with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, he served as Director-General of MOFAT’s North Korean Nuclear Affairs Bureau. At the same time, he represented South Korea at the Six-Party Talks as deputy head of its delegation, with rank of ambassador. Besides his role as negotiator, he also chaired the Working Group for Economy and Energy Cooperation, which developed the quid pro quo assistance for North Korea’s denuclearization measures.

Ambassador Lim has held several key posts relating to the United States. As Assistant Secretary to the President for National Security Strategy (his second assignment as presidential advisor), he played a crucial role in quelling the tumult between Seoul and Washington in 2006.

He has also served as Political Counselor in Taiwan, and as a Korean delegate to the United Nations, where he dealt with Middle East issues, including Iraq, at the UN Security Council.

Ambassador Lim earned a BA and an MA in international relations from Seoul National University. He also earned an AM in political science from Government Department of Harvard University, where he passed his comprehensive examinations but has not completed his dissertation requirement for the Ph.D degree. He is currently a Visiting Research Scholar at the Graduate School of Law and Politics of the University of Tokyo, on paid sabbatical from MOFAT.

Besides Korean and English, he speaks Chinese and Japanese. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing golf and visiting museums.

 

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