WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States is endorsing the current acting head of Interpol, Kim Jong Yang, to become the organization’s next president, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press briefing on Tuesday.
“Interpol is electing a new president. It’s an important organization. We strongly endorse Kim Jong Yang, who is serving as its acting president,” Pompeo told reporters.
According to media reports, the two main candidates for the new head of Interpol are Kim Jong Yang and Russia’s Maj. Gen. Alexander Prokopchuk.
Alexander Prokopchuk has been the agency’s vice president for Europe since 2016 and is a veteran law enforcement officer. Prokopchuk has been tipped to succeed Meng Hongwei. This prompted a backlash from several US senators and a flurry of reports in mostly US media accusing Prokopchuk of going after Kremlin critics.
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