Guam - U.S. diplomat Yuri Kim has spent the last two weeks on Guam catching up with friends and family. Kim grew up locally and is a graduate of the Academy of Our Lady of Guam. After attending the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge in the UK, she came back to Guam to intern with several local politicians.
After spending time on island, she passed the Foreign Service Exam, allowing her to work in Washington, DC for former secretary of state Colin Powell.
Kim was instrumental with the six party talks with North Korea, as she said, "We build up these relationships so we can work areas of common interests and then also discuss openly the areas where we don't always necessarily agree. With the six party talks, there was a specific area we were dealing with, which was the North Korean nuclear issue."
Kim was a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad for a year prior to coming to Guam for a brief visit. She now prepares for her next assignment as political counselor in Ankara.