October 14, 2011 11:02
The U.S. Senate passed the stalled confirmation of Sung Kim as the new U.S. ambassador to South Korea on Thursday, just minutes before President Lee Myung-bak made a rare address to a joint session of Congress during his six-day state visit to the country.
Republican Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona had held up the confirmation, to the dismay of many U.S. and South Korean officials, due to concerns that the U.S. would continue to hold one-on-one meetings with North Korea.
However, State Department officials were able to convince the senator to approve Kim in conjunction with Lee's state visit.
Kim becomes the first Korean-American ambassador to South Korea.
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