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DPRK taps hardliner as top diplomat

  • January 25, 2020
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei evening edition
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According to the Saturday editions of Yomiuri and Nikkei, the North Korean government confirmed on Friday that Ri Son Gwon, a former defense commander with limited diplomatic experience, has been appointed the country’s new foreign minister. Noting that Ri is known for taking a hard line toward South Korea as one of the principal officials responsible for reunification, the articles projected that the new top DPRK diplomat will probably take a tough approach toward the United States and that the deadlock in the denuclearization talks is likely to become prolonged as a result.

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