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