Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Washington – (dpa):
The White House said Monday that US President Joe Biden has nominated a State Department official to become a new special envoy for human rights issues in North Korea.
The White House indicated that Julie Turner, director for East Asia and the Pacific in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, had been nominated to assume this role, according to Yonhap news agency.
The White House said in a press release: “Turner served more than 16 years in the East Asia and Pacific office, in positions of increasing responsibility, focused primarily on initiatives related to promoting human rights in North Korea, including a tour as Special Assistant in the Office of the Special Envoy. human rights issues in North Korea.
The White House added that if appointed, Turner would serve at the rank of ambassador.
She would also be the first to hold the position since early 2017 if appointed.
Turner has a master’s degree from the University of Maryland in College Park, and speaks French and Korean, according to the White House.