SEOUL NAMES NEW DEFENSE CHIEF

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SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye named the country’s defense minister as its new national security adviser on Sunday following the resignation of the aide in the aftermath of April’s ferry disaster. Kim Kwan-Jin, who has been the South’s defense chief since 2010, will take up the security brief with Han Min-Koo filling Kim’s vacated post, Park’s spokesman said. Han was the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2010 to 2011 and had previously served as the chief representative for general-level military talks between the two Koreas. “We believe Han—well respected within the ranks and who has great insights in both field situations and policies—is the right person to strengthen our national defense,” Min Kyung-Wook said.

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