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Chris Hill: from North Korea to Iraq

Christopher Hill, the outgoing assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs and U.S. envoy to the six-party talks over North Korea’s nuclear weapons, has been tapped as the new  U.S. ambassador to Iraq, ABC News reports. He would succeed departing Amb. Ryan Crocker. “Our country has no finer talent for any tough ...

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TOKYO - DECEMBER 03: U.S. envoy Christopher Hill attends the press briefing at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on December 3, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. The six-party talks, to solve North Korea's nuclear issues, will be reopened on December 8 in Singapore. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

Christopher Hill, the outgoing assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs and U.S. envoy to the six-party talks over North Korea's nuclear weapons, has been tapped as the new  U.S. ambassador to Iraq, ABC News reports. He would succeed departing Amb. Ryan Crocker.

"Our country has no finer talent for any tough job," says former U.S. ambassador to Egypt Francis Ricciardone, currently a guest scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images

Christopher Hill, the outgoing assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs and U.S. envoy to the six-party talks over North Korea’s nuclear weapons, has been tapped as the new  U.S. ambassador to Iraq, ABC News reports. He would succeed departing Amb. Ryan Crocker.

“Our country has no finer talent for any tough job,” says former U.S. ambassador to Egypt Francis Ricciardone, currently a guest scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images

Laura Rozen writes The Cable daily at ForeignPolicy.com.

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