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Harry Harris sworn in as new envoy to S Korea

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Retired Navy Admiral was sworn in as the new to on Saturday (local time).

Harris's nomination to the post was confirmed by the US Senate in a voice vote on Thursday, reported.

US congratulated Harris on his swearing-in, adding that he has "a lot of work" ahead of him in ensuring peace and stability on the

"Congratulations to Harry B. Harris, on his swearing-in as the next U.S. to A lot of work ahead on maintaining our ironclad alliance with #ROK and achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization of the #DPRK, as agreed to by Kim," Pompeo tweeted.

Pompeo had suggested that consider Harris for the open post in Seoul, ahead of the summit between the US and North Korean leader in Singapore, reported.

had earlier chosen former for Asia, Victor Cha, for the post. However, Cha was dropped in January following a disagreement over the White House's consideration of a pre-emptive strike against

Harris now faces the challenge of helping Pompeo facilitate the next step in talks with

In the June 12 meeting, and Kim signed a joint agreement, wherein the latter agreed to work for a 'complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula' in exchange for security guarantees by the US.

After returning from Singapore, Trump tweeted that was "no longer a nuclear threat".

However, Pompeo, in stark contrast, said earlier this week that continued to be a nuclear threat, adding that the US will not ease sanctions unless achieved "complete and verifiable denuclearisation".

On a related note, Harris, during his confirmation hearing at the last month, also said that North Korea continues to be a nuclear threat and advocated that major exercises be paused to give Kim a chance to prove whether he is "serious".

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First Published: Sun, July 01 2018. 07:25 IST