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Biden's Asia policy

Biden bolsters North Korea team with Korean American ex-CIA analyst

Jung Pak is a critic of Trump-Kim summits and advocates full denuclearization

Jung Pak becomes deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the State Department as talks between the U.S. and North Korea remain stalemated. (Screenshot from The Brookings Institution's YouTube page) 

SEOUL -- The Biden administration has beefed up its North Korea team with the appointment this week of Jung Pak, a Korean American scholar and former Central Intelligence Agency analyst, as deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the State Department.

Pak's appointment comes as talks between the U.S. and North Korea remain stalemated and Pyongyang continues to bolster its nuclear and missile arsenal. A critic of former President Donald Trump's showy summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, she argues that Washington should keep sanctions on the isolated nation to achieve full denuclearization.

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