U.S. Ambassador to Seoul Expected to Step Down

The U.S. Ambassador to Korea, Sung Kim, is expected to step down before his term ends.

Citing diplomatic sources, local media reported that Kim told acquaintances at a meeting on Monday he will leave the position sometime this summer.

The news has fueled speculation that he will be succeeded by Mark Lippert, a longtime adviser to President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Kim, the first Korean American to serve in the role, began his term in November 2011.

Arirang News / Mar. 19, 2014 12:29 KST