Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance Kim Dong-yeon, who is considered a potential Presidential candidate, said, “Don't let former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-yeol and Choi Jae-hyung, former chief of the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI), be on the same line as me.”
In an interview with Yonhap News on Aug. 6, Kim said, “Yoon and Choi have completely different purposes, processes, and methods of politics. I suggested a vision and alternatives.”
As the first deputy prime minister for economic affairs under the current Moon Jae-in government, he drew attention by making convictions on major economic policies such as minimum wage hikes and income-led growth during his tenure.
Kim criticized Yoon and Choi, saying, "The two were heads of power organization and constitutional organization, but resigned in the middle to do politics. They do politics only with attacks on the incumbent government without their own vision."
Kim was recruited by three consecutive Presidents. He was former President Lee Myung-bak's second vice finance minister and former President Park Geun-hye's minister for government policy coordination. Before promoted to President Moon's first finance minister, he was the 15th president of Ajou University for two years.
Kim holds four degrees--a bachelor in law from now-Seokyeong University, two masters in administration from Seoul National University and University of Michigan and a doctorate in administration from University of Michigan.