The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Stephen Biegun as the new deputy secretary of state.
Biegun currently serves as the U.S. Special Representative to North Korea. So his confirmation to the No. 2 position in the State Department comes at a pivotal moment for the Trump administration's ongoing denuclearization talks with Pyongyang.
North Korea's set a year-end deadline for negotiations. But Biegun recently dismissed that cutoff, saying "The United States does not have a deadline. We have a goal."
Prior to joining the Trump administration in 2018, Biegun was a Ford Motor Co. executive specializing in international governmental relations. He was also an adviser to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and served during the Bush administration as a senior staff member to then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice.