A career diplomat from the United States joined South Korea’s foreign ministry to serve a one-year term at the ministry’s public diplomacy department under the two countries’ diplomat exchange program, a foreign ministry official said. Brian Peterson, formerly a fraud prevention manager at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, started his term at the regional public diplomacy division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this week, the official said. Peterson is the fifth official from the U.S. Department of State to have been posted at the South Korean foreign ministry under the two ministries’ diplomat exchange program, which kicked off in 2011. South Korea also dispatched its fifth diplomat to work at the State Department last year. Peterson joined the U.S. foreign service in 2004 and served at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi before coming to Korea for the current position. He has also worked at the State Department’s Office of Korean Affairs, coordinating between the U.S. Embassy in Seoul and Washington, as well as the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi. Before starting his diplomatic career, Peterson was a U.S. military serviceman, having served a two-year term at the U.S. Forces Korea, headquartered in Seoul. He has a South Korean spouse and speaks Korean as a second language, according to the ministry official.
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