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Korea expert Cha no longer considered for US envoy to…

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. official says prominent Washington-based academic Victor Cha is no longer being considered for the post of U.S. ambassador to South Korea.

Cha, a former White House official, had been expected for months to be nominated to the high-profile post in Seoul that has remained vacant for the past year.

In a commentary published late Tuesday in The Washington Post, Cha voiced opposition to conducting a preventive military strike against North Korea over its nuclear weapons. He said that has been suggested by some Trump administration officials and would put thousands of Americans at risk.

The U.S. official would not elaborate on the reasons for Cha’s withdrawal. The official was not authorized to comment publicly and requested anonymity.

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