United States mulls Adm. Harris as new amb. to South Korea

25 April, 2018, 16:07 | Author: Jason Torres
  • US mulls Adm. Harris as new amb. to South Korea: reports

President Trump has reversed his appointment of a U.S. military commander as ambassador to Australia, instead posting him to South Korea ahead of a historic summit with Kim Jong-un.

Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo is reportedly behind the switch.

The Washington Post first reported plans to move Harris to South Korea.

Andrew Shearer, a former Australian government security adviser and now an adviser on Asia-Pacific security at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the change of ambassador plans made Australia appear to be a second-class ally of the United States. "This is not unusual, it has happened before but we look forward to a new ambassador being nominated as soon as possible", she said.

Australian officials confirmed that Harris would not be coming to the country.

USA forces in the Pacific "must be prepared to fight tonight, so I take him at his word", he said a year ago about Kim's intentions. "Australia really though is, if you like, a collateral casualty to the shambolic personnel practices of the Trump administration". "I must assume his claims are true - I know his aspirations certainly are".

Last year, before the House Armed Services Committee, Harris said North Korea's continued success in nuclear tests will only spur Kim Jong Un further down "this reckless and unsafe path".

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The reshuffle could also have an impact outside of the United States and South Korea.

"He is a guy of enormous experience and ability and given the situation on the Korean Peninsula, given the tensions there, I can well understand why the President has decided that the Admiral's expertise and experience is going to be able to be put to better use in Korea than in Australia", Mr Turnbull said.

To make a rational judgement about how seriously we should feel aggrieved, we need to assess what exactly the prioritisation of Australia-US alliance diplomacy - both in reality and in appearance - is being sacrificed for.

"There's a danger that the Trump administration begins to take Australia for granted".

Earlier this year, the United States withdrew Victor Cha, a North Korea expert, from consideration for the job amid allegations over his policy differences with the Trump administration on the North and other issues.

South Korea is just one of dozens important ambassadorships that remain vacant.

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