|Kim Song. Cropped from Yonhap file photo.|
It would mark the end of nearly a two-month vacancy following the end of the previous ambassador's term.
Pyongyang reportedly named Kim Song as its U.N. representative in May, but his inauguration was delayed because Washington as reluctant to issue a visa. So the clearance of the issue is widely seen as U.S. commitment to speed the deadlocked denuclearization talks with North Korean.
Kim was a counselor at the North's mission in New York in 2013-2014. His term is four years.
Kim is a son of Kim Yong-sun who served as a secretary of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party's central committee overseeing South Korean affairs.
He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after graduating from Pyongyang University of International Affairs.