S. Korea nominates new top military chief

11:28, June 15, 2010      

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South Korea on Monday nominated a new military chief after the country's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Gen. Lee Sang-eui offered to retire on Sunday.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Han Min-koo has been designated as the new chairman of the JCS, according to the Ministry of National Defense.

Han's nomination is subject to approval by a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, and then President Lee Myung-bak will officially appoint him as the country's top military officer.

The 57-year-old defense policy and intelligence specialist will replace Lee Sang-eui, who submitted his application for retirement amid criticism that he mishandled the sinking of a warship blamed on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Lee has been accused by the country's Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) of faking a document to pretend that he was present at the command and control center on the night of March 26 when the navy ship Cheonan went down in the Yellow sea. But Lee denied the national audit agency's accusation.

Meanwhile, Gen. Hwang Eui-don, deputy commander of the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC), was nominated as the new Army Chief of Staff, and Gen. Jeong Seung-jo, commander of the First Army Command, was designated as deputy commander of the CFC. Lt.Gen. Park Jung-yi, chief of the JCS arms improvement bureau, is to be promoted to a full-star general to head the First Army Command.

Source: Xinhua


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