CIA official in charge of Korean affairs to leave post: report

CIA official in charge of Korean affairs to leave post: report
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The CIA official in charge of Korean affairs is leaving his post, according to report from Yonhap News Agency.

Andrew Kim, who headed the agency's Korea Mission Center, will be taking up a research post at Stanford University, the South Korean news agency reported.

Kim played a key role in organizing the summit between President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore earlier this year, according to Yonhap.

The Korea Mission Center was formed last year to address the threat of North Korea's growing weapons arsenal.


Kim worked closely with Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoLatest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong 63 killed in blast at Afghan wedding as Taliban, US negotiate troop withdrawal Trump meets with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan MORE when he was the director of the CIA before moving to his current post as secretary of State. He also accompanied Pompeo on all of his visits to Korea.

An anonymous source told Yonhap that Kim is likely to continue assisting Pompeo with Korea policy.

"I understand that Andrew Kim has been in constant consultation with Secretary Pompeo about his future," the source said. "I heard he will continue to work as an adviser to Secretary Pompeo."

Trump and Kim Jong Un are set to meet for a second time early in 2019 to continue discussions on North Korean denuclearization.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies, a U.S. think tank, earlier this month identified more than a dozen nuclear missile bases in North Korea left unaddressed during ongoing talks between the two sides.