S. Korea's defence minister nominee resigns in fresh blow to new president
SEOUL (AFP) - In a fresh blow to South Korea's new president Park Geun Hye, her nominee for defence minister stepped down on Friday at a time of elevated military tensions with North Korea.
Ever since his nomination, retired four-star general Kim Byung Kwan has been dogged by allegations of wrongdoing related to his recent stint working as a broker for an arms trading firm.
More recently, new allegations surfaced regarding hidden stock assets in a Myanmar natural gas company.
"As of now, I am resigning as defence minister nominee for the smooth management of state affairs," Gen Kim said in a statement.