Controversial Ex-Army Chief Named as Defense Minister

Han Min-koo Han Min-koo

President Park Geun-hye on Sunday named Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin the new presidential national security advisor to succeed Kim Jang-soo, who resigned last month in the wake of the April 16 ferry disaster.

Park nominated Han Min-koo, a former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, as the new defense minister.

Han was formerly an Army chief of staff and held the post of JCS chairman when North Korea shelled Yeonpyeong Island on Nov. 23, 2010. As the highest-ranking officer at the time, he was criticized for botching the response.

This is likely to generate fierce scrutiny during Han’s confirmation hearing in the National Assembly.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 02, 2014 11:57 KST