South Korean President Moon Jae-In. AFP

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday sacked his top two economic officials as the Asian country economy struggles with slowing growth and rising unemployment.

Finance minister Kim Dong-yeon and presidential chief of staff for policy Jang Ha-sung had both been replaced, top Blue House spokesman Yoon Young-chan said in a televised statement.

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The pair had reportedly been at odds with each other over how to address the situation.

Kim had called for redistributive policies to be rowed back, including minimum wage hikes, while Jang wanted to stick with pursuing equality.

The former minister was replaced by Hong Nam-ki, a veteran bureaucrat, while Jang was succeeded by Kim Soo-hyun, currently Moon’s top social affairs adviser.