S. Korea's new cabinet meets as North tensions rise
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's new president, Park Geun Hye, finally held her first cabinet meeting Monday, with her new - and still only partially-formed - administration facing a growing crisis with North Korea.
Since she was sworn in two weeks ago as the country's first woman president, Park has struggled to form a cabinet, with a parliamentary row delaying confirmation of key ministerial nominees.
With North Korea threatening "all-out war" and announcing the scrapping of inter-Korean peace agreements, Park is still without a confirmed defence minister, national security adviser and intelligence chief.
"Finally we have managed to hold the first cabinet meeting," Park told assembled ministers in the presidential Blue House.