|From left, Cho Yoon-je, Noh Young-min, and Lee Su-hoon / Yonhap|
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has tapped new chiefs of missions to the United States, Japan and China, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday, the world's most powerful countries that are also considered Seoul's key partners in efforts to rein in North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile technologies.
The president named Cho Yoon-je the country's new ambassador to Washington, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Soo-hyun.
Cho, 64, served as a key adviser on Moon's election camp earlier this year.
Cho, an honorary professor of international studies at Seoul's Sogang University, earlier served as the head of the South Korean mission in Britain, according to Cheong Wa Dae.
Noh Young-min, a former lawmaker of the ruling Democratic Party, has been tapped as the new South Korean ambassador to China.
President Moon also named the new head of the diplomatic mission to Japan - Lee Su-hoon, an international relations professor from Kyungnam University.
The 63-year-old served as the head of the foreign relations and security division on Moon's transition team. (Yonhap)