KEDO chief resignes

Korea Times
Seo Dong-shin
6/19/2006

Chang Sun-sup, who has been on the forefront of the multinational project to build two light water reactors (LWRs) in North Korea for the past decade, Monday resigned as administrator of the Office of Planning for the Light Water Reactor (LWR) Project at South Korea’s Unification Ministry.

His resignation follows the official termination of the decade-long Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) project and an agreement to liquidate it by South Korea, the United States, Japan, and the European Union (EU) earlier this month.

Allegations of North Korea’s covert pursuit of highly enriched uranium in 2002 put the KEDO project on repeated suspensions before its official termination three weeks ago.

Chang, 71, was the oldest public servant in the South Korean government. He began his career in 1963 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and was ambassador to Denmark and France before heading the LWR project in 1996.

Highly respected for his language and diplomatic skills, Chang reached retirement age in 1999, but retained his Unification Ministry post.

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