Steve Biegun appointed new Special Representative for North Korea Policy

August 24, 2018

On Thursday, August 23, 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appointed Steve Biegun as the Special Representative for North Korea Policy. In his remarks following the announcement, Secretary Pompeo said: 

Steve will direct U.S. policy towards North Korea and lead our efforts to achieve President Trump’s goal of the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea, as agreed to by Chairman Kim Jong-un.

In his own remarks, Special Representative Biegun said: 

I fully understand the importance of this job – the President, you, and the American people – and what you expect from all of us in achieving a more peaceful world. The issues are tough, and they will be tough to resolve. But the President has created an opening, and its one that we must take by seizing every possible opportunity to realize the vision for a peaceful future for the people of North Korea. This begins with the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea as agreed by Chairman Kim Jong-un at the summit with President Trump in Singapore. 

Steve Biegun most recently served as vice president of Internaitonal Governmental Affairs for Ford Motor Company, overseeing all aspects of Ford’s international governmental relations, including trade strategy and political risk assessment.

Previously, he worked in the White House from 2001-2003 as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council. He served as a senior staff member to the National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice.

He also has a long history of public service on Capitol Hill, where he served for 14 years as a foreign policy advisor to members of both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. During this time, he served as national security advisor to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, held the position of Chief of Staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations from 1999-2000, and was the Committee’s senior professional staff member for European affairs from 1994-1998. In addition, he served as a staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs for six years. In this role, he was responsible for the foreign assistance budget, trade policy, and European affairs.

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