UM Lecture to Discuss Prospects for Peace with North Korea

September 20, 2016

MISSOULA – Ambassador Sung Kim, former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea and current Special Representative for North Korea Policy at the U.S. State Department, will speak on Monday, Sept. 26, at the University of Montana.

Kim will present “North Korea and Northeast Asia: Is Peace Possible?” at 6 p.m. in the Dell Brown Room of UM’s Turner Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Just six months after the United Nations Security Council passed stricter sanctions against North Korea, the country recently conducted its fifth nuclear weapon test. This year’s earlier sanctions, which had been supported even by North Korea’s longtime ally China, came after North Korea claimed it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb and conducted numerous ballistic missile tests. As North Korea continues to defy international pressure to end its nuclear ambition, questions about the future security and stability of the region once again come to the forefront of U.S.-East Asian relations.

Drawing on his extensive diplomatic experience in Northeast Asia, Kim will discuss the current situation on the Korean peninsula, U.S. alliance with South Korea and Japan, and the future of the region.

Kim now serves as special representative for North Korea policy and deputy assistant secretary for Korea and Japan. He functions as the top U.S. diplomat responsible for North Korea policy at the U.S. State Department. From November 2011 to October 2014, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. He also has served as the special envoy for the Six-Party Talks on dismantling North Korea’s nuclear program. Outside of Korea, he has also served in a variety of diplomatic positions in Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. In the coming months, he will transition from his current role to become the next U.S. ambassador to the Philippines.

Kim’s visit to UM is sponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, which works to promote better understanding of Asia, U.S. relations with Asia and ethics in public affairs in the spirit of Sen. Mike Mansfield (1903-2001) and his wife and life partner, Maureen Hayes Mansfield. The center houses programs that focus on the peoples and cultures of modern Asia and ethics in public affairs – the core interests and hallmarks of Sen. Mansfield’s career.

More information is available at http://www.umt.edu/mansfield/. RSVP online or by calling 406-243-2988.

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Contact: Caitlin Sager, program coordinator, UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, 406-243-2965, caitlin.sager@mso.umt.edu.