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South Korea fills vacant Wuhan consul general post to support citizens in epicentre



South Korea, on Wednesday appointed a new Consul-General for the coronavirus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan to fill the post that had been left vacant for some time now, the foreign ministry said.

Kang Seung-seok, former Chief of the Korean Consular Office in China’s Dalian, took the position amid Seoul’s stepped-up efforts to provide consular assistance to South Koreans in Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly COVID-19 virus, and its vicinity.

His predecessor, Kim Young-geun, stepped down in November after he reportedly came under fire for improper remarks.

Seung-seok will depart for Wuhan on Wednesday aboard a cargo plane that South Korea plans to send to Wuhan to deliver relief items, including medical gloves.

“I’ve been given a heavy responsibility and I am assuming the post in Wuhan today,” he said.

“Together with our staffers at the consulate office, we will do our utmost, based on our experience, to protect the remaining citizens and overcome the difficulties at this crucial time,” he said.

Kang, who joined the foreign service in 1988, has served in various China-based posts, including those in Qingdao, Hong Kong and Shenyang.

Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Emmanuel Yashim