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South Korea names new defense chief

Updated On: Nov 26, 2010

South Korea has appointed a presidential security aide as defence minister just after his predessor abruptly quit following a North Korean artillery assault. Kim Tae-Young has been replaced by Lee Hee-Won, who is said to be on good relations with the United States. Analysts believe he will implement new rules for the country's security system, including defining different levels of response depending on the nature of an attack from the North.

North Korea has warned it will "wage second and even third rounds of attacks without any hesitation if warmongers in South Korea make reckless military provocations again". North Korea claims that it was fired on by the South, which was conducting live fire exercises within 5 miles of the disputed border.

S Korea appoints new defence minister [BBC, 26 November 2010]
S Korea names Lee Hee-won, presidential security aide, as new defense minister [Xinhua, 26 November 2010]