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Bowdoin Alumnus Leading U.S. Delegation at North Korea Nuke Talks

Story posted July 25, 2005

Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1974, is leading the American delegation in the latest round of six-nation negotiations dealing with North Korea’s nuclear program.

Hill met Monday one-on-one with his North Korean counterpart, Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, in what was the first face-to-face meeting between diplomats from the two countries since North Korea announced last February that it actually possesses nuclear weapons. Hill told reporters that the United States is “very much committed to” the six-party talks in Beijing which, in addition to the U.S. and North Korea, also involve diplomats from China, Russia, South Korea, and Japan.

Hill is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Prior to being named Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Hill served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and, earlier, as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland. He previously served as a Senior Director for Southeastern Europe at the National Security Council. Earlier in his career, Hill served as the U.S. Ambassador to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Special Envoy for Kosovo. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Hill served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. An economics major at Bowdoin, Ambassador Hill earned his master's degree from the Naval War College.

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