Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013

S Korea’s defence nominee resigns

In a fresh blow to South Korea’s new president, Park Geun-Hye, her nominee for defence minister stepped down yesterday at a time of elevated military tensions with North Korea.
Ever since his nomination, Kim Byung-Kwan, a retired four-star general, has been dogged by allegations of wrongdoing related to his recent stint working as a broker for an arms trading firm.
Park accepted Kim’s decision and asked the incumbent defence minister to extend his term, citing public anxiety over North Korea, her spokeswoman said.