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Cho Kuk
조국
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Official portrait, 2019
Minister of Justice
In office
9 September 2019 – 14 October 2019
President Moon Jae-in
Preceded by Park Sang-ki
Succeeded by Kim Oh-soo (acting)
Choo Mi-ae
Senior Secretary to the President for Civil Affairs
In office
11 May 2017 – 26 July 2019
President Moon Jae-in
Preceded by Cho Dae-hwan
Succeeded by Kim Joe-won
Personal details
Born 6 April 1963 (1963-04-06) (age 58)
West District, Busan, South Korea
Citizenship South Korean
Political party Independent
Other political
affiliations
New Politics Alliance for Democracy (2014–2015)
Spouse(s) Chung Kyung-shim
Children Cho Won, Cho Min
Alma mater Seoul National University
University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Jurist, activist, politician
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Jo Guk
McCune–Reischauer Cho Kuk

Cho Kuk (Korean: 조국, born 6 April 1965) is a South Korean jurist and politician. He was the Senior Secretary to the President for Civil Affairs from 2017 to 2019 in the Moon Jae-in Cabinet. On 9 September 2019, President Moon Jae-in appointed Cho as Minister of Justice, replacing the incumbent Park Sang-ki. As of late 2019, Cho Kuk was involved in a series of controversies, including allegations of illicit business activities and falsification of academic achievements of his daughter. On 14 October, Cho Kuk announced his resignation of Minister of Justice over corruption allegations.

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