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Offbeat Pompeo taps Ford executive to lead North Korea negotiations

21:10  23 august  2018
21:10  23 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has tapped a senior executive at Ford Motor Co. to be his special envoy for North Korea as the Trump administration continues its high-stakes negotiations aimed at eliminating the country’s nuclear weapons arsenal.

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo tapped a Ford Motor Co. executive to lead talks with North Korea as the U.S. seeks to ensure that tough international sanctions imposed last year remain in force. Ford ’s former head of government affairs, Steve Biegun, “will lead negotiations and spearhead

The new special envoy to North Korea, Stephen Biegun, takes the stage after being named by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Aug. 23, 2018.© NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images The new special envoy to North Korea, Stephen Biegun, takes the stage after being named by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Aug. 23, 2018.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has tapped a senior executive at the Ford Motor Company to be his special envoy for North Korea as the Trump administration continues its high-stakes negotiations aimed at eliminating the country’s nuclear weapons arsenal.

In an announcement at the State Department on Thursday, Pompeo said Stephen Biegun, the vice president of international governmental affairs at Ford, would handle day-to-day talks with Pyongyang, and that the two men would travel to North Korea next week to resume the negotiations.

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WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Ford Motor Co.’s Stephen Biegun would take over nuclear talks with North Korea as the new special representative, naming an industry executive with extensive They will attempt to prod negotiations that have halted over disagreements about

Pompeo on Thursday named the Ford Motor Co executive , a veteran Republican “Steve will direct U.S. policy toward North Korea and lead our efforts to achieve President Trump’s goal of Pompeo was charged with heading follow-up negotiations , but these appear to have made little progress, with

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In choosing Biegun, Pompeo has continued a pattern set by President Trump to award critical government jobs to people with private sector experience at premier American companies.

Pompeo predicted that Biegun, who also served in key foreign policy positions in Congress and the George W. Bush administration, would draw on his private sector experience to assist him in his role as a senior diplomat.

“In this job, he closely engaged foreign governments to advance Ford’s goals all around the world,” Pompeo said. “He will now employ that same skill and dedication on behalf of the American people to make sure that their interests are well served in respect to North Korea.”

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Pompeo said Biegun would hold day-to-day talks with North Korea 's government in order to advance U.S. efforts to encourage leader Kim Jong Un to "Excited to announce that Steve Biegun is joining our team as the Special Representative for North Korea . He'll lead our efforts to achieve [President

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday that he was appointing a special envoy to handle negotiations with North Korea . Just days earlier, he introduced special envoys for Iran and Syria, equally knotty problems. Another for Afghanistan is said to be in the offing.

Pompeo did not say if he planned to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during what will be his fourth visit to North Korea next week. During his third trip in March, Pompeo expected to meet the young leader, but Kim did not show up in a visit that U.S. diplomats privately conceded was a disappointment.

In recent weeks, negotiations have stalled as North Korea demands Washington make concessions before it takes any steps to denuclearize. In particular, Kim’s government wants the United States to agree to declare an end to the Korean War, according to U.S. and Korean diplomats who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive discussions.

U.S. officials have said any steps toward formally ending the war would first require additional concessions from North Korea, such as the disclosure of its nuclear arsenal. Some U.S. officials also fear that Pyongyang will use a peace declaration to ask for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Korea. Trump has privately expressed frustration with the lack of progress in the talks but has publicly hailed them as a historic success.

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Pompeo on Thursday named the Ford Motor Co executive , a veteran Republican foreign policy hand, as the U.S. special envoy to North Korea . "Steve will direct U.S. policy toward North Korea and lead our efforts to achieve President Trump's goal of the final, fully verified denuclearization of.

The North Korean mission to the United Nations declined to comment. Negotiations have been all but deadlocked since the June summit in Singapore. Pompeo has pressed for tangible steps toward North Korea ’s abandonment of its nuclear arsenal while Pyongyang is demanding that Washington first

The selection of Biegun follows a hiring spree by Pompeo of special envoys. Last week, Pompeo added a special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, and a special representative for “Syria engagement,” James Jeffrey. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert also announced that retired Army Col. Joel Rayburn would become deputy assistant secretary for Levant Affairs, and “special envoy for Syria.”

The State Department also has special envoys to manage hostage affairs, Robert O’Brien, the crisis in Ukraine, Kurt Volker, and the military campaign against the Islamic State, Brett McGurk.

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to eliminate special envoys following bipartisan complaints that the positions operate in a closed loop and often fail to coordinate with the rest of the State Department. Many special envoy positions were created during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. Adding the positions signals an emphasis on a particular issue, and allows a point person to report directly to the secretary of sate.

Following Pompeo’s remarks, Biegun said the negotiations he is confronting will be “tough to resolve, but the president has created an opening and it’s one we must take by seizing every possible opportunity to realize the vision for a peaceful future for the people of North Korea.”

john.hudson@washpost.com

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