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The US Senate approved the North Korean Special Envoy as Deputy Secretary of State


Mr. Stephen Biegun during his trip to Korea. Photo: Yonhap

With an overwhelming majority of 90 votes in favor and 3 against, veteran diplomat Stephen Biegun was approved by the US Senate to be considered the No. 2 of the US State Department today after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is believed to be running for a Senate seat.

Deputy Foreign Minister Stephen Biegun will take over the role and duties of Deputy Minister John Sullivan, who will move to Moscow as US Ambassador to the Russian Federation.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said he Stephen Biegun has repeatedly expressed his view that he will continue to serve as the chief negotiator for the United States in an attempt to disarm the North's nuclear weapons program, even if he is promoted to the position of Deputy Secretary of State.

Jobs he Stephen Biegun became Deputy Secretary of State which is causing mixed views in Korea. Some observers of the Korean Peninsula situation think that this move will influence the process of nuclear negotiations, possibly making the North Korean nuclear issue a top US foreign policy priority. .

However, some also expressed concern that Stephen Biegun's higher position at the State Department would reduce his priority on the North Korean issue.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said that Stephen Biegun has repeatedly expressed his view that he will continue to serve as head of the U.S. negotiating team in an attempt to disarm the North's nuclear weapons program, even if he is promoted. became Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Stephen Biegun's becoming Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs is creating mixed views in Korea. Some observers of the Korean Peninsula situation think that this move will influence the process of nuclear negotiations, possibly making the North Korean nuclear issue a top US foreign policy priority. .

However, some also expressed concern that Stephen Biegun's higher position at the State Department would reduce his priority on the North Korean issue.

Biegun, who has been the North's Special Envoy for North Korea since August 2018, has played an important role in facilitating dialogue and negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang since the Association. The first US-Korea Summit in Singapore in June 2018.

Special envoy Stephen Biegun also played a key role in the promotion of two summit meetings between US President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong-un in February 2019 and June 2019.

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