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DOS announces resignation of special representative for North Korean policy

NHK reported on its website that State Department Spokesperson Nauert announced on Monday that Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joe Yun will step down, saying that attention will be focused on whether Yun’s resignation will have an impact on the Trump administration amid North Korea’s recent expression of readiness to talk with the U.S. The network said Ambassador Yun has been coordinating with Japan and South Korea since he assumed the post in 2016 under the Obama administration, adding that he has had several meetings with the North Korean mission to the UN in New York, and visited North Korea last June to call for the release of an American university student who had been detained in Pyongyang. According to the network, Nauert said that Yun was leaving for personal reasons and that Secretary Tillerson accepted his resignation with reluctance.

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