Kim, who was serving as acting president was chosen to get a two-year term in the human body’s yearly congress at Dubai on Wednesday, completing the four-year term of his predecessor who had been detained in China this season.
“Our planet is currently facing unprecedented changes that pose substantial challenges to public safety and security,” Kim informed Interpol’s general meeting, according to the bureau’s Twitter.
“To conquer them, we are in need of a very clear vision: we will need to construct a bridge into the future”
Kim, 57, worked at the South Korean authorities for at least 20 years before retiring in 2015.
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in congratulated Kim on getting the first South Korean to head the organization.
“We are very proud. I, together with all our folks, hope sending congratulations,” Moon wrote on Twitter.
The South Korean’s election is a blow to Moscow’s attempts to reserve the place to get a Russian offender, Alexander Prokopchuk.
The US, Britain and other European countries have stated Prokopchuk’s election could lead to additional Russian abuses of Interpol’s red note system to go after political opponents and fugitive dissidents.
Subsequently, the Kremlin said on Tuesday the US lobbying against Prokopchuk, a former major general in Russia’s interior ministry, resorted to election.
Interpol is famous for issuing”red notices” which identify a defendant pursued by another nation, effectively placing them on the planet’s”most-wanted” list.
William Browder, a British fund director critical of the Kremlin that has been arrested repeatedly in Russia’s behest prior to being published, told BBC radio in London:”[Prokopchuk] was responsible for attempting to chase me down and also have Interpol arrest me seven days.”
The election of Kim comes after former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei resigned after he had been arrested in China in September on bribery and corruption charges.
Meng vanished at China for 13 days before his arrest had been made public in October.
China’s Ministry of Public Security reported that Meng’s suspected corruption and breach of legislation”severely jeopardised” the ruling party and law enforcement, according to a report from the South China Morning Post.
Authorities also said Meng was in such a scenario as a result of his very own”willfulness and also for attracting trouble upon himself”.
France, that hosts Interpol’s headquaters at Lyon, obtained Meng’s resignation as president of Interpol with immediate impact.
Meng’s wife, Grace, stated her husband sent her a picture of a knife until he disappeared during a visit to his native China.
Making her first public remarks on the matter, Grace Meng told colleagues in Lyon she believed the knife was her husband’s way of attempting to inform her he had been at risk.
She stated she’s had no additional contact with him because the message which was delivered on September 25. Grace also stated four minutes prior to Meng shared with the picture, he’d delivered a message stating:”Wait for the phone.”
She also read a statement during her press conference in Lyon, but wouldn’t permit reporters to reveal her face, saying she feared for her safety and the protection of her two kids.