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Amb. Kim named U.S. policy chief on N. Korea

2014/11/08 01:18

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (Yonhap) -- Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Sung Kim has been named the special representative for North Korea policy, a job that makes him the chief delegate to the six-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Kim will coordinate and oversee policy related to the North, including denuclearization efforts and the promotion of human rights in the communist nation in collaboration with envoy Robert King, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Kim will also double as deputy assistant secretary for Korea and Japan, Psaki said.

Kim succeeds Amb. Glyn Davies as North Korea policy chief. Kim's deputy in the six-party talks is Sydney Seiler, a former director for Korea at the White House's National Security Council, who took over in September as the special envoy for the nuclear talks.

Psaki did not say what position Davies will be taking up.

Kim served as the top U.S. envoy to Seoul from 2011 until recently. His prior experience includes serving as special envoy to the six-party talks, director of the office of Korean affairs, and assignments to the embassy in Tokyo and the office of Chinese and Mongolian affairs.

The six-party talks, which bring together the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the U.S., have been stalled since late 2008. The U.S. has demanded the North demonstrate its denuclearization commitment if it wants to reopen the sessions, a demand Pyongyang has rejected.

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