August 14, 2022

ROK defense, foreign minister nominees discuss North Korea ICBMs and sanctions

Lee Jong-sup and Park Jin participated in parliamentary hearings ahead of president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s inauguration

South Korea’s next likely defense and foreign ministers participated in parliamentary hearings this week ahead of president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s inauguration on May 10, discussing a host of issues including North Korean weapons capabilities, sanctions against the DPRK and the incoming administration’s inter-Korean policies.

Defense minister nominee Lee Jong-sup sat before the National Assembly on Wednesday while foreign minister nominee Park Jin did so Monday. Parliament cannot veto a South Korean president’s minister picks but the hearings are designed to flesh out a candidate’s background, policy goals and personal views to ensure they are suited for the job they are nominated for.