UPDATED 9:01 PM PT – Tue. Nov. 27, 2018
A CIA official who played an instrumental role in organizing the summit between President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un is stepping down.
Andrew Kim, who heads the CIA’s Korea Mission Center, is taking up a research post at Standford University, according to a report from Yonhap News Agency.
Earlier this year, Kim partcipated in an Oval Office meeting with a senior North Korean Envoy and helped the President prepare ahead of the June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
He worked closely with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo while director of the agency, as well, Kim also accompanied the secretary on all of his visits to Korea.
Reports earlier this month indicate Kim had taken a secret trip to South Korea to hold discussions between North and South officials, ahead of planned talks between the president and Kim Jong Un early next year.
According to Yonhap sources, Kim will likely continue assisting Pompeo with Korean Policy.