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Joe Biden taps Sung Kim to be U.S. special envoy for North Korea

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2016 file photo, new U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim addresses the media shortly upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, to succeed his predecessor Philip Goldberg. The United States is not building any weapons depot anywhere in the Philippines, Kim said Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, denying the basis on which President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to abrogate a 2014 defense pact that allows U.S. forces to temporarily base in local camps. The U.S. ambassador said that nothing is being planned now that even closely resembles a weapons depot. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2016 file photo, new U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim addresses the media shortly upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, to succeed his predecessor Philip Goldberg. The United States is not building any weapons depot anywhere in the Philippines, Kim said Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, denying the basis on which President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to abrogate a 2014 defense pact that allows U.S. forces to temporarily base in local camps. The U.S. ambassador said that nothing is being planned now that even closely resembles a weapons depot. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2016 file photo, new U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim addresses the media shortly upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, to succeed his predecessor Philip Goldberg. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

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UPDATED 1:41 PM PT – Saturday, May 22, 2021

During a public meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday, Joe Biden tapped career diplomat Sung Kim to lead the White House’s North Korean policy, making Kim the new special U.S. envoy for North Korea.

Kim has served in the State Department for decades and was appointed to several ambassadorships in East Asia, including in South Korea and the Philippines. His background also includes serving as special envoy to multilateral six-party talks with North Korea during the Obama administration.

Biden said his hope is that Kim’s deep policy expertise will help reduce tensions with North Korea. President Moon commended the appointment, highlighting Kim’s diplomatic skills he has developed over his long career studying the region.

This has surfaced as American and South Korean diplomats have been working to de-escalate tensions with North Korea and dismantle their nuclear capabilities.

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