Guess who is coming to the South Korea state dinner
October 13th, 2011
09:25 PM ET

Guess who is coming to the South Korea state dinner

By Jamie Crawford, CNN

The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Sung Y. Kim to be the next U.S. ambassador to South Korea after a Republican senator lifted a hold on the nomination that had threatened to derail the effort.

A unanimous consent request by Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, to move the nomination forward was approved without objection. Kim's confirmation came minutes before South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was to address a joint meeting of Congress, and a few hours before President Barack Obama was set to host a state dinner at the White House in Lee's honor.

Senator Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, had placed a hold on the confirmation of Kim, a career diplomat who has served in Republican and Democratic administrations, over concerns about the direction of U.S. policy toward North Korea. In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton obtained by CNN, Kyl expressed "serious concern" about reports the United States may be considering a return to the Six-Party Talks with North and South Korea, Japan, China and Russia regarding the north's nuclear program.

The letter, which did not mention Kim by name, sought guarantees from Clinton that the United States would not engage in any more bilateral talks with North Korea, and asked for a written response explaining the administration's intentions towards Pyongyang.

Stephen Bosworth, the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, met in July with North Korean diplomats in New York to discuss ways the parties might return to multilateral discussions over the north's nuclear program. Both sides said the talks had been constructive, and implied that future talks might be possible.

Kim is the first American of Korean descent to hold the post in Seoul. He will replace current U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Stephens.

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  1. The 99%

    From the Citizens of America, to all that may hear us, hear this,

    We the People of the United States, in order to sustain a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity; to further ensure that Government of the People, by the People, for the People, shall not perish from the Earth do hereby declare the stench of money has corrupted our Union and our Representatives answer not to the People but to moneyed interests. To remove this stench from our Democracy, we demand a ban of all moneys, favors, and other compensation to any elected or appointed official beyond that established by the Constitution of these United States, acceptance or offering of said outside compensation to be prosecuted as a bribe punishable under Law. Further, we demand the establishment of a Federal Election Fund which shall finance all public elections for any candidate to Federal Office having collected supporting and unique signatures from 1,000,000 or more registered voters of these United States, said fund being the sole source of funding to be used in campaigning so the poorer Citizens of our Nation are not disenfranchised.

    We are the People, and we demand the return of our Government.

    October 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Reply
    • jv.e.hodgson

      Dear " The 99%"
      Being one of those 99% but being a non voter because I will not be drawn into the dirty stench of the irresponsibly expensive nature of getting elected to any American political office.
      The first 7 plus line 8 to Law. Are great.
      From "Further" on I really like again what you are trying to do i.e public finanace of Federal elections, provided it only relates to those offices in federal government which require House and Senate approval. But 1m is too much and too costly without disenfranchising many.
      Make the system a per capita amount per person/voter for each election, House reps by district, Senate by state areas and Federal appointments Like this to Korea and the heads of government departments that are subject to simple House and Senate majority votes. A single representative or Senator may not hold up such an appointment for any reason he must obtain at least 40% support in both Houses of Congress or an up down vote proceeds on the Presidents nomination ( Senate committes and house committee can still interview as now,) but they have to have more than 40% of actual votes in House and Henate to Block an appointment, failure of that procedural vote in either House or Senate at the same time, then appointment is validated. The President and VP have the power to schedule said votes.

      October 14, 2011 at 12:42 am | Reply
  2. Dixie AZ

    Another Republican embarrassment to AZ.

    October 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Reply

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