May 26, 2024
Analysis

Who is Sung Kim, the American diplomat leading talks with the North Koreans?

The current U.S. ambassador to the Philippines has extensive experience dealing with DPRK officials

While at first glance it may appear unusual that the current U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, is leading talks with North Korea this week, the choice may prove particularly savvy when considering his background.

Ambassador Sung Kim, who was reported in the Washington Post to have traveled to the North Korean side of Panmunjom on Sunday to lead a delegation alongside two other U.S. officials, has a long history of working with both North and South Korea.

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