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Korean-American Confirmed as Ambassador to South Korea

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of the first Korean-American to become U.S. ambassador to South Korea.

Career diplomat Sung Kim previously served as special envoy for six-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear program.

His confirmation Thursday came during a state visit by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak after a Republican senator blocking the appointment lifted his objection.

Kim replaces Kathleen Stephens as ambassador.

Lee's visit also expedited congressional approval of a long-delayed U.S.-South Korean trade agreement on Wednesday.

Kim's confirmation follows the August appointment of the first Chinese-American to serve as U.S. ambassador to China, former commerce secretary Gary Locke.