Han Duck-soo

For the founder and former chairman of Chongryon, see Han Duk-su.
Han Duck-soo
Prime Minister of South Korea
In office
2 April 2007  29 February 2008
President Roh Moo-hyun
Lee Myung-bak
Preceded by Han Myeong-sook
Succeeded by Han Seung-soo
In office
14 March 2006  19 April 2006
President Roh Moo-hyun
Preceded by Lee Hae-chan
Succeeded by Han Myeong-sook
South Korean Ambassador to the United States
In office
16 February 2009  March 2013
Preceded by Lee Tae-sik
Succeeded by Choi Young-jin
Personal details
Born (1949-06-18) 18 June 1949
Jeonju, North Jeolla, South Korea)
Alma mater Harvard University
Seoul National University
Religion Roman Catholicism
Han Duck-soo
Revised Romanization Han Deok-su
McCune–Reischauer Han Tŏk-su
This is a Korean name; the family name is Han.

Han Duck-soo (; born 18 June 1949) was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) from 2007 until February 2008. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Korea International Trade Association.

Han holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University (1984) and a B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University (1971). His career spans over 35 years, starting at the National Tax Service in 1970 and the Economic Planning Board four years later. In 1982, he moved to what is now the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, where he rose to Vice Minister in 1997-1998, during the Asian financial crisis; he later became Minister of Trade Affairs (1998–2000), handling trade negotiations with foreign governments.

Han subsequently became Minister of Finance[1] and served as Acting Prime Minister from 14 March 2006 to 19 April 2006. He resigned as Finance Minister in July 2006 and instead became a special presidential advisor for free trade agreement affairs.[1]

On 9 March 2007, Han was nominated as Prime Minister by President Roh Moo-hyun following the resignation of Han Myeong-sook.[1][2] His nomination was approved by the National Assembly on 2 April 2007.[2]

On February 2009, he was appointed to the ambassador to the United States. In March 2013 he was replaced by Choi Young-jin.


  1. 1 2 3 "S. Korean president nominates new PM", Xinhua (People's Daily Online), 9 March 2007.
  2. 1 2 "New S.Korean PM nomination approved by National Assembly", Xinhua (People's Daily Online), 2 April 2007.
Political offices
Preceded by
Kwon O-kyu
Prime Minister of South Korea
Succeeded by
Han Seung-soo
Preceded by
Lee Hae-chan
Prime Minister of South Korea

Succeeded by
Han Myeong-sook
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Yang Soo-gil
Ambassador of Republic of Korea to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Succeeded by
Lee Kyung-tae
Preceded by
Lee Tae-sik
Ambassador of Republic of Korea to United States
Succeeded by
Choi Young-jin
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