U.S. Pacific Commander Named Ambassador to Seoul

  • By Cho Yi-jun

    May 21, 2018 12:26

    Harry Harris /AP-Yonhap

    U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated U.S. Pacific Command chief Adm. Harry Harris as ambassador to South Korea, the White House said Friday.

    Harris was originally nominated as ambassador to Australia in Feburary, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly asked Trump to give Harris, a hardliner on North Korea, the post in Seoul.

    Harris will be the highest-ranking military officer to hold the post. The post has been vacant since former Ambassador Mark Lippert left in January last year. Harris is expected to take office around July after a Senate confirmation hearing.

    Harris is also a hardliner on China and particularly upset by Beijing's forays into the South China Sea.

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