USA backflip on Australian Ambassador appointment

Harry Harris Jr head of the Pacific Command attends at a Fullerton Lecture on

Admiral Harry Harris, who is now commander of US Pacific Command, had been nominated for the Australia role in February, and was due to have his confirmation hearing yesterday.

Harris had originally been the president's pick for ambassador to Australia, a key US ally.

According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration is planning to re-nominate Admiral Harris, as the top U.S. envoy to Seoul, although he has already been nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia in February.

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity.

"And while Admiral Harris would be a capable, talented and effective nominee for either post, the process by which the administration has handled the nominations for our ambassadors to Korea and now Australia ... risks doing grave damage to vital alliance relationships and USA posture and standing throughout the region".

The South Korea vacancy is seen as urgent given the high-stakes negotiations with North Korea, which will include Donald Trump personally meeting the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

Pompeo told his Senate confirmation hearing this month that filling the Seoul post and a handful of others required "immediate attention".

The White House said in February it was no longer considering Victor Cha, a former official who questioned the wisdom of a preventative military strike on North Korea being mulled by the administration earlier this year.

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Harris told the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee last month the United States could not be overly optimistic about the outcome of a Trump-Kim summit and must go into it with "eyes wide open".

"I'm disappointed that Harry's not coming because he's a really good friend and I think Harry will be disappointed that he's not coming to Canberra too because he loves Australia", Turnbull told reporters in France.

South Korea and the United States are now planning to hold respective summits with North Korea.

"Harris is well known and highly respected there, and his nomination enjoyed strong bipartisan support".

Bishop said Sullivan made it clear a new appointment would be a priority for the next secretary of state.

But the admiral emphasized that in dealing with North Korea, the US must "be guided by a strong sense of resolve both publicly and privately in order to bring Kim Jong Un to his senses, not his knees".

Australia has been without a USA ambassador for 18 months.

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