November 03, 2011 08:55
The new U.S. Ambassador to Korea Sung Kim will be sworn in at the State Department on Thursday and assume his post in Seoul on Nov. 10.
A Korean government source on Wednesday said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's mother died Tuesday, so he will be sworn in by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns.
Kim will begin his official duties here after presenting his credentials to President Lee Myung-bak. U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Kim, a former chief nuclear negotiator, as the first Korean-American ambassador to Seoul in June. The Senate unanimously endorsed his appointment last month.
Former ambassador Kathleen Stephens returned to the U.S. in late October, where she will lecture at Georgetown University for a year.
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