U.S. en­voy on N-Ko­rea ex­its as win­dow for talks opens

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - POLITICS - WIRE RE­PORTS

WASH­ING­TON — Joseph Yun, a 30-year vet­eran of the U.S. for­eign ser­vice who re­tained quiet con­tacts with North Ko­rea amid the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s tur­bu­lent first year, is re­tir­ing as Wash­ing­ton and Py­ongyang step up con­sid­er­a­tions for for­mal diplo­matic talks. It’s un­clear if he will be re­placed.

Yun told The As­so­ci­ated Press he will stand down as spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive for North Korean pol­icy on Fri­day. He said his de­ci­sion to re­tire is en­tirely his own, but it comes at a sur­pris­ing junc­ture, just af­ter Amer­i­can ally South Ko­rea re­layed that the North is open to di­rect dis­cus­sions with the United States.

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