Park Jie-won

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Park Jie-won
Floor Leader of the People's Party
In office
30 May 2016 – 29 December 2016
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by Joo Syung-yong
Leader of the People's Party
In office
15 January 2017 – 10 May 2017
Preceded by Kim Dong-cheol (Interim)
Succeeded by Joo Seung-yong (Acting)
In office
29 June 2016 – 5 December 2016
Preceded by Ahn Cheol-soo
Chun Jung-bae
Succeeded by Kim Dong-cheol (Interim)
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
30 May 2008
Preceded by Lee Sang-yeol
Constituency Mokpo
In office
30 May 1992 – 29 May 1996
Constituency Proportional Representation
Chief Presidential Secretary
In office
15 April 2002 – 24 February 2003
President Kim Dae-jung
Preceded by Jeon Yun-churl
Succeeded by Moon Hee-sang
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism
In office
23 May 1999 – 19 September 2000
Preceded by Shin Nak-gyun
Succeeded by Kim Han-gil
Personal details
Born (1942-06-05) 5 June 1942 (age 77)
Jindo, South Jeolla, Japanese Korea
(now Jindo, South Korea)
Political party Democracy and Peace (2018~present)
People's (2016~2018)
Independent (2016)
NPAD (2014~2016)
Alma mater Dankook University
Park Jie-won
Revised Romanization Bak Ji-won
McCune–Reischauer Pak chi-wŏn

Park Jie-won(Korean박지원; Hanja朴智源; born 5 June 1942) is a South Korean politician.[1] He was the chief presidential secretary to President Kim Dae-jung,[2] and served as the Minister of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism during his administration. On 9 April 2008, he was elected as a member of 18th National Assembly of South Korea for Mokpo as an independent. After being elected, he returned to the Democratic party. In May 2012, he became the floor leader for the Democratic United Party.[1]

In 2018, he declared that he will leave People's Party and join for future-established party named as Democratic Peace Party.[3]

Early life and education

Park Jie-won attended Moontae High School in Mokpo and graduated in 1960. Park studied business in Dankook University and graduated in 1969. Park joined Lucky Goldstar (now LG) in 1970.[4]

Life in the United States

Park Jie-won immigrated to the United States in 1972,[5] and became popular among the expat Korean community. He was elected to become the 16th President of the Korean American Association of Greater New York[6] and subsequently became the 4th President of the Federation of Korean Associations, USA.[7]


Park Jie-won arranged the first Inter-Korean summit between Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong-il in 2000. During the Roh Moo-hyun administration, prosecutors revealed that hundred of millions of dollars were secretly sent to North Korea before the summit and Park was charged with embezzling $13 million as a commission from the transferred money.[8] In May 2006, he was found guilty of the charge and was sentenced for three years. Park was released in February 2007, and pardoned in December 2007,[9] which enabled him to run for a legislative election in April 2008.

See also


  1. ^ a b Park Dae-ro (박대로) (14 May 2012). '돌아온' 민주당 원내대표 박지원, 권한만큼 책임도 커졌다 [Park Jie-won returned as the floor leader of DUP with more responsibilities.]. NewsIs (in Korean). Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  2. ^ "World Briefing Asia: South Korea, Summit Meeting Charges". New York Times. 26 June 2003. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
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  4. ^ Kim Dahng (김당) (4 April 2004). '피고인' 박지원의 의안(義眼)과 눈물 [Defendant Park Jie-won's Artificial Eye and Tears]. OhMyNews (in Korean). Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  5. ^ Kim Dahng (김당) (4 April 2004). '피고인' 박지원의 의안(義眼)과 눈물 [Defendant Park Jie-won's Artificial Eye and Tear]. OhMyNews (in Korean). Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  6. ^ "List of Former Presidents". Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  7. ^ "List of Former Presidents". Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  8. ^ Don Kirk (20 June 2002). "Aide to Kim Dae Jung is accused of bribery and abuse of power : Key figure in Korean summit is arrested". New York Times. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  9. ^ Chang Min-soo (장민수) (30 December 2007). 노 대통령, 내일 60여 명 사면 단행 [President Roh pardoned 60 people]. YTN (in Korean). Retrieved 7 June 2012.
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