Washington, Nov 1 US President Donald Trump has nominated Stephen Biegun, Washington’s Special Representative for North Korea, as the next No. 2 at the State Department.
The White House announced the President’s intent to nominate Biegun as deputy secretary of state in a press release on Thursday, and shortly after announced his nomination had been sent to the Senate.
Biegun would take over the role from the current Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, who has been nominated to be ambassador to Russia.
Biegun has led the working-level denuclearization talks with North Korea since he took his current post in 2018.
Biegun will keep his North Korea portfolio even if he was confirmed as Deputy Secretary of State, reported US media on Thursday, citing a senior State Department official as saying.
Trump’s nomination needs to be confirmed by the Senate.
The denuclearization talks of the Korean Peninsula between Pyongyang and Washington have hit a stalemate since the second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Trump in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi in late February ended without any agreement.