February 21, 2024

US nominates State Department veteran as North Korean human rights envoy

If approved by Senate, Julie Turner will be first woman to fill key role that has been been vacant for over six years

The U.S. has nominated a longtime State Department official to serve as special envoy on North Korean human rights issues, moving to fill a position that has been vacant for more than six years.

The White House announced Monday that it has selected Julie Turner, a 16-year veteran of the department who currently serves as director of the Office of East Asia and the Pacific Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, to serve in the role. Her nomination requires Senate approval.