US President Barack Obama names Lt. General Karl Eikenberry as the next ambassador to Afghanistan and Christopher Hill as ambassador to Iraq.
As anticipated, President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, outgoing North Korea envoy Christopher Hill as ambassador to Iraq, Brookings scholar Ivo Daalder as ambassador to NATO, and former ambassador Alexander Vershbow as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.
“If confirmed, Vershbow and Daalder will coordinate on U.S. defense, development and diplomatic objectives at the upcoming NATO summit this April in Germany,” the White House said in a press statement. Obama also announced his intention to nominate Richard R. Verma as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, or “L.”
From NTDTV (New Tang Dynasty Television)
Added: December 10, 2008
And moving onto Beijing where six party talks are now into their second day. The aim is to put an end to North Korea’s nuclear program.
But the focus of these negotiations is trying to convince North Korea to allow inspectors to examine the North’s atomic secrets.
[Christopher Hill, Chief U.S. Negotiator]:
“We’ve come here with three goals in mind to complete the verification protocols. It is very important, it’s been waiting for six months. We also want to complete the schedule of energy, the schedule of disablement. So we anticipate… our plan is to get all three done.”