Biden nominates DPRK human rights envoy, first since 2017

Photo taken on Aug 16, 2022 shows the White House in Washington, DC, the United States. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

SEOUL – The White House on Tuesday nominated a special envoy for human rights in the Democratic Prople's Republic of Korea, moving to fill a post that has been empty since 2017.

President Joe Biden nominated Julie Turner, a long-time diplomat and current director of the Office of East Asia and the Pacific in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the Department of State, the White House said in a statement.

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She speaks Korean and has previously worked on DPRK human rights as a special assistant in the envoy's office, according to the statement.