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N. Korea to replace deputy chief of mission to U.N.: report

All Headlines 04:24 November 26, 2016

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's deputy chief of mission to the United Nations is expected to be replaced next month, a news report said.

The Voice of America cited multiple sources saying that Amb. Jang Il-hun will return to Pyongyang next month, and Pak Song-il, deputy director of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's American affairs bureau, will succeed him.

Jang assumed the post in July 2013, succeeding Han Song-ryol, who later became deputy foreign minister.

Pak previously served at the U.N. mission as a councilor for many years under then-Ambassador Pak Gil-yon and his successor, Sin Son-ho, who were in the job from 2001 to 2008 and 2008-2014, respectively.

Pak was caught on cameras at the airport in Pyongyang when he greeted China's chief nuclear envoy, Wu Dawei, who visited the North in Feburary.

VOA reported that Pak was involved in sports and cultural exchanges between the North and the U.S., playing key roles in organizing two taekwondo demonstrations by a North Korea team in the U.S. and the New York Philharmonic's landmark concert in the North in 2008.

Pak Song-il (R), deputy director of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's American affairs bureau, greets China's chief nuclear envoy Wu Dawei (C) at an airport in Pyongyang in February.

jschang@yna.co.kr
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