North Korea's New Foreign Minister Pick May Signal Harsher U.S. Stance
Ri Son-gwon is a retired army officer with a reputation for being harsh and uncompromising.
North Korea's named a new foreign minister — a retired army officer with a reputation for being harsh and uncompromising. North Korea reportedly informed foreign diplomats of the appointment of Ri Son-gwon last week, and it was confirmed by state media Friday.
While Ri has been a leader in inter-Korea relations for 15 years, he lacks experience with foreign relations. He's a surprising pick amid stalled nuclear talks with the U.S., especially since he's replacing a career diplomat who had been involved in the talks since 2018.
But as negotiations have continually broken down, the shift in leadership could indicate that the North will take a harsher stance with the U.S. And, the move comes soon after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he no longer feels bound to his self-imposed suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests.
An analyst told the Associated Press that Ri's appointment will make it "difficult to expect meaningful progress in North Korea-U.S. diplomacy."
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