South Korea’s defense minister Kim Tae-young resigns after North Korea attack, President Lee accepts

By on Nov 25, 2010 in World Comments

Updated November 26, 2010 12:15 p.m.

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Two days after the attack of North Korea, South Korea‘s defense minister Kim Tae-young resigned from his post and President Lee Myung-bak accepted his resignation, according to international news sites.

Minister Kim decided to resign after he was greatly criticized for being ‘weak’ in making a response after the country’s territory was attacked by North Korea, while President Lee is set to announce the name of his replacement on Friday.

On Tuesday, North Korea made a surprised artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island that killed two South Korea marines and two civilians, and 18 other people (mostly troop members) were reportedly wounded.

Meanwhile, the South Korean government said that it is now strengthening its military forces and will provide measures in case another attack from Pyongyang will transpire.

Reports earlier said that the attack by North Korea was apparently due to upcoming military exercises by South Korea and the United States in the Yellow Sea, which is set to start on Sunday.

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