This page contains our Minister and Vice Minister’s brief biography as well as our Minister’s welcome message to you.

A Message from the Minister

ministerRyoo Kihl-jaeMinister of Unification

Welcome to the Ministry of Unification website!

Unification on the Korean peninsula is a long-cherished desire common to all Korean people. Only when national unification is attained can the two Koreas break free from the shackles of modern history that bind us to this very day, and look forward to more breakthrough moments that will shape the course of our history, let alone the world.        

By establishing sustainable peace on the Korean peninsula, the Ministry of Unification seeks to build a solid foundation for a unification era that ensures everyone’s happiness. The ministry means to take a step-by-step approach to address the issues we face, while delivering on promises and building trust between North and South Korea.   

The most important part of this journey will be the strength and support of the Korean people and the world at large. It won’t be long before national unification takes place, once we come together in one heart to achieve a true sense of peace and a unified Korea that brings happiness for all. 

The website is a valuable platform through which the Ministry of Unification communicates with visitors from home and abroad.

With humble heart, we will do our best to ensure that our policies reflect the constructive criticism and grow alongside the warm encouragement that you may provide. With this, I kindly ask for your continued interest and support.   



Ryoo Kihl-jae Minister of Unification

1979 - 1984
B.A. in Political Science at Korea University
1984 - 1987
M.A. in Political Science at Korea University
1988 - 1995
Ph.D in Political Science at Korea University
1987 - 1998
Researcher at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies
1998 - 2005
Assistant Professor at Kyungnam University
2003 - 2005
Standing Council Member of the National Unification Advisory
2005 - 2010
Assistant Professor at University of North Korean Studies
2008 - 2011
Policy Advisor for the President on Foreign Affairs and National Security
2009 - 2011
Standing Council Member of the National Unification Advisory
2009 - 2013
Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Unification
2010 - 2013
Professor at the University of North Korean Studies
2010 - 2013
Member of the Diplomacy and Security Division at the Ideas for Korea
President of the Korean Association of North Korean Studies


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