US ambassador 'Seoul transfer' denied

US ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney remains in the country and has not been transferred abruptly to Seoul, South Korea, as rumoured in media reports, the US embassy has confirmed.

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Bangkok-based US government spokesman Walter Braunohler said ambassador Kenny was flattered at the interest in her career but confirmed that her three-year term in Thailand had been extended.

She started work in Thailand in January 2011.

“Ambassador Kenny won’t be leaving until later this year and remains very focused on her responsibilities in Thailand,’’ said Mr Braunohler.

The next US ambassador to Thailand is yet to be nominated by the US President or confirmed by the US Senate, he added.

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