S. Korea Names New Defense Minister Amid Continued War Rhetoric From N. Korea

By Valerie Caviglia

New Defense Minister: South Korea has named Kim Kwan Jin the new defense minister to replace the official who resigned Thursday.

November 26, 2010 Updated Nov 27, 2010 at 10:33 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has named Kim Kwan Jin the new defense minister to replace the official who resigned Thursday. The appointment comes amid continued war rhetoric from North Korea.

Former Defense Minister Kim Tae-young resigned after coming under heavy criticism for the sinking of Cheonan, a South Korean war ship. He was further criticized after North Korea struck Yeonpyeong Island on Tuesday.

South Korea's government nominated Kwan Jin as defense minister Friday. The National Assembly will hold a confirmation hearing before Kim formally takes office.

Today, North Korea stated that because of the joint military drill scheduled for this weekend, South Korea and the United States were recklessly pushing the Korean peninsula toward war.




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