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Bush Nominates John Rood For US State Department Arms Control Head February 3, 2007

Posted by notapundit in US News, White House.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–U.S. President George W. Bush announced the nomination Friday of veteran arms control expert John Rood to replace Robert Joseph as the State Department’s senior nonproliferation official.

Joseph announced his departure a week ago, one of a number of high ranking officials to leave the State Department in the recent past.

If confirmed by the Senate, Rood would have major responsibility for policy toward Iran and North Korea, both with nuclear programs that the U.S. is trying to reverse.

Rood is serving in a senior arms control position at the State Department and played a similar role earlier at the National Security Council.

Other officials who have left recently include Philip Zelikow, a close adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Deputy Secretary Robert Zoellick; and John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

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