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South Korea nominates new defense minister

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • There will be a confirmation hearing before he formally takes office
  • The former defense minister resigned after heavy criticism

(CNN) -- South Korea's government on Friday nominated Kim Kwan Jin as defense minister, a Blue House media official told CNN.

There will be a National Assembly confirmation hearing before he formally takes office.

This comes a day after defense minister Kim Tae-young resigned under heavy criticism over the March sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan and after North Korea struck Yeonpyeong Island on Tuesday.