Peter Hughes (diplomat)

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Peter Hughes

Peter John Hughes OBE (born 14 September 1953) is a British diplomat who was Ambassador to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) 2008–11.

Hughes joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1976 and served in Islamabad, Rome, Warsaw, Sydney, Castries, Colombo and Kabul before being appointed Ambassador to North Korea. Since 2011 he has served at the FCO.

Hughes was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours.[1]


Hughes sparked controversy in 2009 with a blog entry that described the "festive atmosphere" in Pyongyang.[2][3]


  • HUGHES, Peter John, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011, accessed 5 Nov 2012]
  1. ^ "No. 60173". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2012. p. 23. 
  2. ^ Philp, Catherine (March 17, 2009). "Outrage over British ambassador Peter Hughes's homage to North Korea". Times Online. Retrieved 12 Oct 2010. 
  3. ^ Freeman, Colin (19 Mar 2009). "Peter Hughes, Britain's ambassador to North Korea, in blogging row". Retrieved 12 Oct 2010. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Everard
British Ambassador to North Korea
Succeeded by
Karen Wolstenholme