August 08, 2020

Senate confirmation hearing for North Korea envoy Biegun set for Wednesday
The U.S. Special Representative for North Korea was nominated for the State Department's number-two position last month

Update at 18:00 EST: This article has been updated to include comments from experts.

The U.S. special representative for North Korea will face questioning from a panel of lawmakers on Wednesday at a confirmation hearing for the State Department's number-two position — a key procedural step in what is widely seen as a promotion for the Trump Administration's top envoy to Pyongyang — according to a notice posted on Monday by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.