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Pompeo may renew US Department of State's standing

But America's new top diplomat is likely to give foreign policy a more hawkish edge

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, formerly director of the Central Intelligence Agency, meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang during his visit over Easter several weeks ago. The fact that President Donald Trump sent Mr Pompeo to North
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, formerly director of the Central Intelligence Agency, meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang during his visit over Easter several weeks ago. The fact that President Donald Trump sent Mr Pompeo to North Korea shows he trusts him and they are on the same page.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was confirmed and sworn in on Thursday, will bring an edgy, hardball style to the role of the United States' top diplomat.

The former congressman from the conservative Tea Party movement of the Republican Party has advocated a hard line on North Korea and Iran. He was against the proposed closure of the notorious US prison at Guantanamo Bay, once calling a hunger strike by prisoners a "political stunt".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2018, with the headline 'Pompeo may renew US Department of State's standing'. Print Edition | Subscribe