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North Korea Is Said to Appoint Career Envoy as Foreign Minister

Newspaper article International New York Times

North Korea Is Said to Appoint Career Envoy as Foreign Minister

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North Korea has promoted Ri Yong-ho, a career diplomat, to succeed Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong, a South Korean government official said.

Ri Yong-ho, a career North Korean diplomat familiar to American and South Korean officials who have negotiated with his country over its nuclear weapons program, has been appointed its new foreign minister, a South Korean government official said on Tuesday.

Among outside analysts, Mr. Ri has been widely cited as a possible successor to his boss, the departing Foreign Minister Ri Su- yong, who was promoted to become a member of the Politburo of the ruling Workers' Party during the party's rare congress this month.

A South Korean Foreign Ministry official said on Tuesday that his government had learned that Ri Yong-ho had been appointed foreign minister. …

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