US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and ex-Ford executive Stephen Biegun are going to North Korea.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has named Ford Motor executive Stephen Biegun as the country’s special representative to North Korea ahead of a trip there next week to persuade the Asian nation to abandon its nuclear weapons.
“Steve will direct US policy towards North Korea and lead our efforts to achieve President Trump’s goal of the final, fully verified denuclearisation of North Korea as agreed to by Kim Jong-Un,” Pompeo told reporters on Thursday.
“He and I will be travelling to North Korea next week to make further diplomatic progress towards our objective,” Pompeo said.
It will be Pompeo’s fourth trip this year aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States.
It will be his second since an unprecedented June summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un that produced much fanfare but little obvious progress.
Commenting on the North Korea situation, Biegun said “the issues are tough, and will be tough to resolve”, but added that Trump had created an opening and “it’s one that we must take by seizing every possible opportunity to realise the vision for a peaceful future for the people of North Korea.”
Biegun served as vice president of international governmental affairs for Ford for 14 years. The company announced his retirement earlier on Thursday.
Before joining Ford, Biegun served as national security adviser to then Republican senate majority leader Bill Frist.
Prior to that, he worked in former President George W Bush’s White House from 2001-2003 as executive secretary of the National Security Council.
He also served as a senior staff member to Bush’s national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice.